KV Mechelen take on the visitors Gent at “AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne” in the matchday three of the Belgian Jupiler League. The game will be played in Mechelen on Saturday, August 12th.
KV Mechelen have conducted a good season in Jupiler League last year – the club neither raced for winning the medals nor sat in the relegation zone. “Malinwa” entered the new season on a solid level having gained two draws: 1:1 vs. Standard Liege and 2:2 against Waasland-Beveren. So far Yannick Ferrera’s side has neither won nor lost any clash in the current competition. As for the clashes at their home field, in 2017 KV Mechelen gained seven victories, single draw and only two defeats in 10 encounters.
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Gent won the bronze medals of the last season’s Jupiler League having become one of the Belgian football leaders in recent years. Nevertheless, the start of 2017/2018 season has turned into a complete failure for “De Buffalo's” as the side was knocked out from the UEFA Europa League by Austria’s Altach (1:1, 1:3) in the first qualify round already while losing both starting matches in the new season’s Jupiler League: 2:3 to St. Truiden and 0:1 to Antwerp. With the last season counted, Gent’s away losing series has reached four games already.
KV Mechelen have lost only one out of five recent head-to-heads against Gent at the home ground. Taking into consideration the teams’ results at the start of the season as well as KV Mechelen’s home statistics and Gent’s away results in 2017, I believe that the hosts must take points in the game.
Prediction for the match: KV Mechelen to win with +0.5 Asian handicap (1X).