Club Brugge KV hosts Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in round 24 of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. The match will be played on Thursday, January 27th at Jan Breydel Stadion (Brugge)
Club Brugge KV is in 2nd position in the Jupiler Pro League standings with 44 points. The team has 12 victories, eight draws, and three defeats after 23 matches. The reigning Belgian champions are getting used to playing under new coach Alfred Schreuder, known for his work at Hoffenheim and Barcelona. The 49-year-old Dutchman replaced Philippe Clement, who moved to Monaco in early January. The debut of the new manager turned out to be successful: on January 15, the Blue-Blacks coped with Sint-Truiden at home (2-0). But a week later, they failed to repeat this result, tying against Standard in Liege (2-2). The players of Club Brugge KV had to win back twice, but Bas Dost’s brace saved them from defeat.
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Felice Mazzu’s team tops the Belgian Championship standings with 53 points after 23 rounds. Royale Union Saint-Gilloise gained 17 wins and two draws and suffered four losses. Union SG is the main sensation of the current championship. A team with a modest budget, which returned to the elite division after 48 years, dominates the Pro League and is significantly ahead of the usual leaders of this tournament. In the last seven rounds, Mazzu’s men lost points only in the home game against Gent (0-0). On January 23, Royale Union SG earned three points in a difficult home match against Genk (2-1). After the 1st half, the hosts were leading thanks to a goal by Casper Nielsen, but Genk equalized after the break. The Unionists put the squeeze on the visitors only in the last seconds of the game: they earned a penalty, which was converted by Dante Vanzeir.
The match between the current champions of Belgium and the leader of this season promises to be tough and unpredictable. Club Brugge KV is the only Pro League team that has not suffered a single home defeat, while Union SG is the best club in terms of away matches. In 11 away matches, Mazzu’s men gained nine wins and lost only to Mechelen in August 2021 (3-1). Taking into account the low total in the head-to-head match of the 1st round, it can be assumed that the competitors in the fight for the champion’s title will again play cautiously. This development is indirectly hinted at by the statistics of these teams in the Pro League. Club Brugge conceded little at home (only 12 goals). Saint-Gilloise has the best defense in the Belgian championship — 20 goals conceded in 22 games. Moreover, the Unionists allowed their opponents to score only nine goals in 11 games on foreign pitches.