Charleroi hosts KV Mechelen in round 23 of the Belgian Jupiler League. The match will be played on Saturday, January 25th at Stade du Pays de Charleroi (Charleroi)
Charleroi didn’t lose in the last 12 matches of the championship. Eight of them ended in victories. The team has the best defense in the league, after Brugge. It conceded 18 goals in 21 matches of the tournament. And the Zebras have a very aggressive attack. They have already 36 goals. Now Charleroi is 4th in the standings. But it played one match less than its competitors, and if it wins the upcoming game, it will take a clean 2nd place. And the gap to Brugge will be nine points.
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Mechelen returned to the highest division only this season. The first round of the main championship’s grid was rather successful. The team gained 10 victories in 22 rounds and lost eight games. Now it shares 6-7 places with the champion Genk but is inferior to the Smurfs in terms of additional fixtures. And the closer to the finish of the main part, the more difficult the points are given to Mechelen. Opponents, especially from the top of the standings, have become less lenient and more aggressive. In the last round, Mechelen lost to the fifth Standard at home. Before that, Dutch AZ beat it in a friendly match (5-1). And Mechelen only tied with FC Koln.
The games in Charleroi are very difficult for Mechelen. It lost to the Zebras in six out of seven last visits there. Mechelen can’t count on anything good in the upcoming game. Charleroi keeps everyone on its toes at the home stadium. It won in 13 of the last 16 home matches. Six last home games in a row ended with victories. And the Zebras didn’t concede a single goal in them! Looking at such perfect results, it’s hard to say how Mechelen may earn at least one point in the upcoming game.
Prediction for the match: Charleroi to win