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MECHELEN vs ROYALE UNION – BETTING PREVIEW
Since being promoted from the 2nd division, Royale Union has done fantastically well. In fact, the team owned by Tony ‘’ the Lizard’’ Bloom ended the last two seasons in 2nd & 3rd place! However, despite those achievements, the Unionistes haven’t been able to win this fixture.
DE KAKKERS – STRONG AT HOME
For the record, Mechelen won those two league games 3-0 and 3-1, and they also won a cup match 2-1. While the away games went to Royale Union, it wasn’t like they steamrolled (2-1 & 3-1) their opponent.
As for the current season, newly appointed coach Alexander Blessin started with a 23-man squad. Eleven players left the club, including Victor Boniface who went to Leverkusen for €20.5 Million. Consequently, the total player sales equaled €35.75M, and €6.1M was used to purchase new players.
For those who don’t know, Blooms, Star Lizard (company) is a Sports Betting consultancy company. They operate a professional betting organization while using Data to support two Football clubs they own. Incidentally, the owner’s other club is Premiership side Brighton. Bloom took the Seagulls from 3rd league obscurity into the Europa League!
ROYALE UNION – ALL ABOUT DATA
Meanwhile, the Unionistes won all three matches this season against Anderlecht (2-0), St Liege (0-1), and Leuven (5-1). From what we understand, the visitors are without just two players for today’s game. With that in mind, expect Blessin to start with the same XI!
Mechelen could only finish the last campaign in 13th place. Nevertheless, Steven Defour remains in charge, and the 35-year-old was allowed to make 15 changes to his squad.
At the time of writing, De Kakkers have a squad size of 27. Rafik Belghali was the club’s only cash transaction, albeit Mory Konate and Lion Lauberbach are equally good signings!
While Mechelen managed just one point from three games, they did at least draw in Club Brugge. Furthermore, the home defeat against Mechelen was unlucky (own goal), and the Supercup draw with Antwerp (90 mins) was a fair effort.
DECISION – THE BETTING PICK
In conclusion, De Kakkers can be relied on to give their best at the AFAS. Past head-to-head results point to the host having a big chance, and in our opinion, they are over the odds.
BET: MECHELEN +0.5 (double chance)