The discrepancy between the two fellow citizens is large. Club Brugge was the best, most consistent team in the last direct duels. Will the guests be able to impose themselves again? It remains to be seen after Sunday’s match, at 14:30.
Good series that came to an end for Cercle Brugge
Every year, Cercle Brugge fights to the rescue from demotion. In general, the goal is to keep Belgian football on the first stage, to sell a player to ensure the budget, nothing spectacular or a great goal.
After one stage in a row, it occupied a relegated place, the team managed something inconceivable: 4 victories in a row in the championship. Cercle Brugge defeated Mechelen (3-1), Kortrijk (2-0), Sint Truidense (2-1) and Seresien (2-0). Then came the defeat with the leader of Union Saint-Gilloise (2-3).
However, following the excellent series, Cercle Brugge ranks 14th and has, for the moment, 3 points above the last place that ensures the maintenance in the next season of the 1A Pro League. Cercle scored 28 goals in 20 stages, an average of almost 1.5 per stage.
The hosts of Sunday’s clash will not be able to count on Utkus (injured) and suspended Leonardo Lopes and Daland.
The probable team of Cercle Brugge: Didillon – Decostere, Popovic, Sousa, Velkovski – Hotic, Van der Bruggen, Vanhoutte – Somers, Deman, Matondo.
The current champion is only on the 2nd place in the current season
Club Brugge have clearly won the last two editions of the Belgian championship, but the current season has not started as it would have liked. The band in blue and black gathered 40 points in 20 stages and is 6 lengths behind the leader of the Union Saint Gilloise (46). The 2nd place occupant bases her extra experience on the leader compared to the leader, but she can’t afford to sleep on one ear.
After being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, Club Brugge focused on domestic competitions. The last 7 matches played by Philippe Clement’s team in the Cup and Championship brought 5 victories and two draws. The most recent duel was the pride derby with Anderlecht. Although the band from Brussels became a pale replica of the band from the past, this time they managed to keep up with the champion. Club Brugge failed to prevail: they drew at home, score 2-2.
Club Brugge scored in every match played so far in the Belgian championship: 41 goals in 20 stages, an average of over 2 per game. The team suffered only two defeats in blue and black, the fewest in the entire league.
Charles De Ketelaere is in excellent shape. He has scored 5 times in the last 4 matches, and Club Brugge hopes that the 20-year-old’s series will continue.
Philippe Clement’s only absence from the game is Ruben Providence’s knee injury.
The probable team of Club Brugge: Mignolet – Mata, Mechele, Hendry, Sobol – Rits, Libra, Vanaken – Vormer, Lang, De Ketelaere.
What do you think about the Brugge derby?
Club Brugge has not lost a direct match with Cercle since 2014. During this period, the two teams have met 12 times – 9 wins for Club Brugge and 3 draws.
The most recent matches on Cercle’s field were won by Club Brugge, 2-1 and 2-0. We believe that the difference between the two teams is a big one, and the result should be repeated. The special tip for the duel of the city of Brugge goes to the victory of the guests, at a odds of 1.75 offered by Unibet sports betting. You can also try a score of over 1.5 goals scored by Club Brugge, at a odds of 1.70.
Norwich – Arsenal. The Londoners are big favorites in the duel with the last ranked
Arsenal can continue their excellent form lately. The team prepared by Mikel Arteta has won the last 4 matches played. Each time, the Londoners prevailed by at least two goals difference: 3-0 with Southampton, 2-0 with West Ham, 4-1 at Leeds (the 3 matches in the Premier League) and a 5-1 in against Sunderland, who qualified for the League Cup semi-finals.
After a missed start to the season, with 3 defeats without a goal scored, Arsenal are well ahead of the Boxing Day stage. “Tunarii” ranks 4th, they have not been so high since the holidays since 2016.
At the team level, Arsenal is doing well. The number of absentees is small and the group is balanced. Aubameyang is still in conflict with the club, he will not play for Norwich. Sambi Lokonga, Chambers and Pablo Mari will not be able to be used in Sunday’s trip, all tested positive for COVID-19.
Arsenal’s likely team: Ramsdale – Tomiyasu, White, Magalhaes, Tierney – Partey, Xhaka – Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli – Lacazette.
Norwich, the weakest team in the Premier League
The team from Carrow Road is the last ranked in the English championship. Norwich has collected only 10 points in 17 stages, and in the last 3 matches it has lost every time without scoring. This series includes defeats with Tottenham (0-3), Manchester United (0-1) and Aston Villa (0-2). In fact, Norwich has the weakest offense in the entire league: only 8 successes in the 17 matches played so far.
Boxing Day did not bring good luck to the hosts on Sunday. Of the last 7 games played during the holidays, Norwich ended once in a draw and lost 6 times.
Pierre Lees-Melou, Lukas Rupp, Josh Sargent and Christos Tzolis are recovering from COVID-19 infection, while Milot Rashica, Grant Hanley, Mathias Normann and Christoph Zimmermann are unavailable due to injuries.
Norwich’s likely team: Krul – Aarons, Gibson, Kabak, B. Williams – Gilmour, Rupp, McLean – Placheta, Pukki, Cantwell.
What bet do we place on Sunday’s duel?
From the offer of football predictions I chose Arsenal’s victory over Norwich. The success of the “gunners” is rewarded with a quota of 1.47. If you want to risk a higher profit, you can try one handicap -1.5 goals for Arsenal. If the Londoners win by at least two goals, you will get an attractive odds of 2,00.
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