Match date: 25 Jan 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Belgium Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1 (-1.5 AH)
| Match result:
3-2 - Lost
Club Brugge failed to win the title in Belgian Jupiler league in last season but now are one of main candidates for it, after 22 rounds are at leading position with nine points more than second placed Charleroi and also played one match less, tonight they will host Oostende and have a great chance to secure their position and increase the difference, hosts are in good form and are huge favorites for this duel.
\In last 13 games Club Brugge are without defeat, most of those games they won, most recently got a draw on the road against 5th placed Antwerp, they were slight better side there but in the end failed to score one more goal, before that had great streak of six consecutive victories including one in friendly game with Dutch side Groningen, tonight they must give their best to win and they should earn points here in front of their fans.
Hosts are playing great offensive football and are most effective team in Belgium, at home stadium they are still undefeated in this season and i'm quiet sure that can achieve another positive result in front of their crowd. Goalkeeper Horvath (12/0), defender Touba (1/0) and midfielder Vlietinck (3/0) are all injured while defender Denswil (19/2) is suspended.
Oostende meanwhile are at 13th position at the table and there are really small chances to repeat results from last campaign when managed to qualify for Championship group and there ended at 4th position, later in play offs won placement into qualifications for Europa league but there simple couldn't eliminate strong French Marseille, now will have a very difficult mission to earn something against main candidates for the title.
Oostende won last match five days ago against Kortrijk while before that were defeated by Genk, since this season started they are struggling to find consistency, in previous meeting with Club Brugge at home in October were defeated with one goal margin and i doubt that will manage to set up different outcome tonight especially since opponents are in much better shape and for sure are stronger team.
Oostende won't have much chances to reach higher positions, in this game must show something really great, their defense was main problem so far and i simple don't see how can avoid conceding a couple of goals here. Guests are coming here without defender Milic (20/0), midfielders Vandendriessche (20/0), Jonckheere (5/1) and forward Rajsel (0/0).
Club Brugge already are having nice advantage and have a chance to increase that, they are in good form and if manage to continue in same manner no one will manage to jeopardize them, guests are struggling and simple don't seems capable to defeat one of the strongest teams in league, victory of Club Brugge is only possible outcome in my opinion.