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Antwerp vs KV Mechelen Prediction & Betting tips
KV Mechelen has made seven guest appearances at Royal Antwerp in the last 25 years. The yellow-reds were only able to kidnap a single counter from the Belgian port city. With 19 out of 21 possible points that Antwerp scored in the league against Mechelen, one of the absolute favorite opponents will be visiting the Bosuil Stadium today.
This also flows into the bookmaker’s assessment, as the odds comparison of the betting base shows. In the run-up to the clash between Antwerp and Mechelen, the odds of the betting providers finally clearly point towards the home side.
After all, Royal Antwerp is not only the reigning Belgian Cup winner, but the red and whites are still undefeated in their own stadium in the seven game days of the 2020/21 season. Both season defeats go back to games in the distance. This is compared to a KV Mechelen who has lost four of his last five league games and did not start the new season particularly well. All in all, it makes the most sense to play tip 1 against Mechelen at Antwerp.
The traditional club Royal Antwerp has celebrated the start of the Belgian championship four times. The red-whites won their last title 63 years ago. In the discontinued 2019/20 season, however, there was at least a respectable fourth place in the final table.
Just recently, the kickers from the Belgian port city were also able to reward themselves retrospectively for the strong preseason in the Beker van Belgie, the country’s most important national football cup.
With a 1-0 win over Bruges in the final, Royal Antwerp won their first title in 28 years under the new coach Ivan Leko in their first competitive game and qualified for a European competition for the first time since the 1994/95 season.
After they last conceded three goals at home in the playoffs for the Europa League against AZ Alkmaar a year ago after a return leg in overtime and again missed the preliminary round, they are automatically seeded as cup winners this year.
The club, which was only second-rate between 2005 and 2017, had excellent arguments on the transfer market, where several interesting players could be tied to the red-whites. However, new automatisms have to take effect, especially defensively. After seven league games, Royal Antwerp is sixth in the table, but has already conceded eleven goals. Only five teams have been more vulnerable defensively so far.
So it makes a lot of sense to play tip 1 against Mechelen at Antwerp. The bet on a high-scoring game in the Belgian port city is also an interesting option.
KV Mechelen was founded in 1904 and is also one of the traditional Belgian associations. The yellow-reds have also won the national championship four times in their history – the last time being 21 years ago in the 1988/89 season.
At least the recent history of Wouter Vrancken’s team is quite remarkable. As the second division champion in 2018, Mechelen won the Belgian Cup in the year of promotion, but was initially not allowed to advance or move into the Europa League.
The reason for this was a match-fixing from the previous year of relegation, which landed on the table of the Belgian Football Union. The yellow-reds were initially deprived of their earned wages, before a higher instance at least classified the withdrawal of promotion as an inadmissible punishment. Mechelen was still denied the Europa League, but at least they were allowed to return to the Pro League.
There the promoted player played for a place in the Europa League last season until the end of the season, but in the end missed him again because of five points. Against this background, the newcomer, true to the motto “All good things come in threes”, has big plans for the new season.
In addition to the already mentioned weak away record in the Belgian port city, the current form curve of the yellow-reds speaks for the first away win in Antwerp. The Koninklijke Voetbalclub lost four of the last five league games, which is currently only 13th.
Against this background, it should come as no surprise that at Antwerp against Mechelen the odds of the bookmakers speak against Wouter Vrancken’s team.
Antwerp vs KV Mechelen head to head matches
29.11.19 JL Antwerp KV Mechelen 1 : 0
20.10.19 JL KV Mechelen Antwerp 3 : 1
26.09.18 CUP KV Mechelen Antwerp 3 : 1
25.11.17 JL Antwerp KV Mechelen 0 : 0
19.08.17 JL KV Mechelen Antwerp 1 : 2