Mechelen take on the visitors Club Brugge in the round 1 on new season in Belgium Jupilier League. The match will be played on Friday, July 28th.
This spring Mechelen were battling for the right to play in Europa League, but they simply didn’t have enough resources for the finish part of the season, taking only one point in last four league matches. Mechelen played nine sparrings during pre-season this summer, most of them against teams from low divisions, taking six wins, one draw and two defeats with 36-5 aggregate goal difference. Mechelen played seven matches at own stadium in 2016, recording only two wins, three draws and two defeats.
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Brugge are the champions of the 2015-2016 season. The title was clinched after 6-match unbeaten run that allowed them to finished seven points ahead of the closest competitor Anderlecht. Today’s visitors played seven friendlies this summer, taking three wins, two draws and two defeats with 11-9 goal difference in these matches. The match for the Supercup proved the team still has their winning mentality as they managed to come from behind after conceding first and beat Standard Liege in the battle for the trophy, 2-1.
Mechelen are unable to win in their last five head-to-heads against the titleholders, losing the last three of them with 3-10 on aggregate. We can expect Brugge to show their best football on the opening match of the new season in Jupilier League and start defending the title from the very first match of the season.
Prediction for the match: Club Brugge to win.