2nd placed Club Brugge travel to 9th placed Sporting Charleroi in Belgian First Division action. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions
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Sporting Charleroi are having a good season so far occupying 9th position in the league table after picking up 17 points from their opening 14 games. They head into this fixture in mixed form after winning 3-2 against Zulte Waragem and 1-0 against Sint-Truiden in the last month however these results were sandwiched between a 2-1 loss to Cercle Brugge, 2-1 loss to Gent and a 2-1 loss to Oostende.
Club Brugge come into this fixture 2nd in the league, trailing league leaders Genk by 3 points after the top 2 played out a 1-1 draw last week with both goals coming late on in the second half. Their league form of late has been poor by their standards, they have won 1 of their last 5 league games with 3 score draws and a 3-1 loss to Standard Liege being the other results. They do travel with some confidence this weekend however as Ivan Leko’s men had a phenomenal 4-0 away win against Thierry Henry’s Monaco side in the Champions League.
Charleroi have played 7 games at home and 7 away so far this season and its clear to see where their strengths lie. On home soil they have picked up 12 points compared with just 5 points on the road. They started the campaign at home with 3 consecutive losses to Antwerp, Anderlecht and Kortijk respectively but have turned it around winning 4 on the bounce picking up wins against Mouscron, Lokeren, Zulte Waragem and Sint Truiden.
Club Brugge have lost just 1 of their 14 league games this season, a 3-1 loss to Standard Liege. At home they have been rock solid with 6 wins and 1 draw from their 7 home league games however away from home they have been a little more shaky. Brugge have won just 3 of their 7 away games this season with 3 draws and that aforementioned loss.
On the scoring front Charleroi are in decent nick, they have bagged 10 goals in their 7 home games scoring at a rate of 1.43 per game. They have conceded 9 goals this season at home, letting on average 1.29 goals in a game. Club Brugge on the other hand score 2.14 goals per game away from home and have found the net in every game this season in the league. At the other end Club Brugge have conceded 9 goals in their 7 away games at a rate of 1.29 per game.
This game seems like it’s set up for us to see a few goals, both sides score and concede over 1 goal a game each and for that reason we are going max stakes on both teams to score here. Charleroi are going to be a lot harder to break down than Brugge may be prepared for, and we can see them nicking a draw in a high scoring game. On the correct score market we are opting for the 2-2 draw at a big price here.
Club Brugge have won 5 of the last 6 head to head meetings with the other being a 3-3 draw
Sporting Charleroi are without Diandy and Angella for their game against 2nd placed Club Brugge
Club Brugge are without 5 for their trip to play Charleroi with Diatta, Bonaventure, Vossen, Groeneveld and Baiye all out injured