Ever since this system with the play-off was adopted in the first echelon of Belgium, the Cup was scheduled to end sooner, thus being undone by the greatness that such competition should have.
The semifinals are already contested. From this penultimate phase, round-trip matches are scheduled on the field of each fighter.
The first semi-final brings the championship leader, Brugge and the middle team, Zulte Waregem, face to face.
As they marched through the championship, the black-and-whites have every chance to make the championship-cup event this season.
But let’s not even anticipate the results of the semifinals for now.
But it is clear that the team coached by Phlippe Clément is the favorite of this semifinal.
Club Brugge: Team shape, news and statistics
◾️As we stated on another occasion, for the team coached by Philippe Clément the current season is proving to be just a fight with itself.
◾️He already has 10 points ahead of the 2nd place, this one with a less disputed match, and in the cup he reached the semifinals.
◾️He has only one defeat (1-2 in Antwerp, on 10.11.2019) in the 24 official domestic matches (21 in the championship plus 3 in the cup) that he has played so far.
◾️In the championship on his own field he has 8 wins and 3 draws. Eupen, Standard Liège and Genk are the three who escaped the “Jan Breydel” unbeaten run.
◾️But his last 6 home games have meant as many victories to zero, the last being even with his current opponent in the semifinals, which recently managed a demolition 4-0 (1-0).
◾️In the Cup, to reach the semifinals he played three games, all on the move, in chronological order: 3-0 at Francs Borains of the 4th stage, then 1-1 at Oostende after 120 minutes, prevailing with 4 -2 at the break, and finally 2-0 at the historical rival Anderlecht, which he beat in the stage last weekend, with 2-1, also in Brussels.
Waregem Zulte: Team shape, news and statistics
◾️To reach the semifinals, Zulte Waregem went through 3 opponents, in matches he played only on his own ground: 4-2 with KFC Duffel, then 3-0 with Sint Truiden and finally 2-0 with Charleoi.
◾️But now, at this first semifinal match, it is presented quite unofficially, even very unofficially, after 3 consecutive failures in the championship, all at zero: 0-2 at the “lantern” Circles, 0-4 even at the leader and at the same time his opponent Club Brugge and 0-3 at home with Genk, in the final stage.
◾️And if we take the last 3 away matches, before the two mentioned in the city of Brugge there was another defeat to zero, 0-2 at Gent.
◾️Therefore, there are not many reasons to trust the team coached by Francky Dury (who has been at the helm of this team for 8 years in December).
⚽️What is the form of the teams in the last 5 matches?
▪️Club Brugge and Waregem will play in the semi-finals of the Belgian Cup on Wednesday night, starting at 9:45 pm.
▪️The hosts come after the first official success of the new year, 2-1 with Anderlecht.
▪️Club Brugge had already made two friendly matches at the beginning of the year, 2-1 with PSV and 1-3 with Ajax.
▪️Waregem seemed to be starting well in 2020, after defeating Zwolle 3-1 in a friendly match, only that in the first official match it was confused at home with the team activated by Ianis Hagi, Genk, 0-3.
▪️Thus, Waregem is in the third consecutive defeat in the Belgian championship, where it occupies the eighth position, three lengths from the play-off places.
⚽️Who are the probable teams in this match?
⚽️News, analysis, statistics and progress on the 2 teams.
◽️Club Brugge is the leader in the Belgian championship.
◽️He has 16 wins, four draws and one defeat in the Jupiler League.
◽️The best attack and the best defense in the championship, 48-9.
◽️Over 2.5 goals have been scored in the last four home games.
◽️The two have never drawn in the last 20 matches played in Bruges.
◽️He won three times on Club Brugge’s field.
◽️She has been defeated 17 times in the last 20 trips to Club Brugge. The toughest ones coming in a row, 0-5.
◽️He has lost three of the last four trips, and this without scoring a goal.
◽️NGG in four of the last five trips
◽️Over 2.5 goals were scored in the last five straight duels from Bruges.
⚽️Direct match statistics for Brugge vs Zulte Waregem
▫️In the current edition, in the regular season, Brugge defeated her without problems in both meetings, with 2-0 away and 4-0 at home.
▫️As for the Cup, the two last met quite recently, on 30.11.2017, at Waregem.
▫️After 90 minutes it was 2-2, Brugge coming off in overtime, qualifying for the quarterfinals.
Football Prediction of the Day Brugge vs Zulte Waregem
Many times a cup match presents quite a difference from the championship one, with a completely different approach, especially if it comes to loading an already crowded program of a team.
In this case, however, to the misfortune of Zulte Waregem, this match is not a chore for Brugge. It is exactly like an intermediate stage match, in which both teams had games at the same time, being neither more nor less rested, thus being able to use almost the same players, not needing to be rested. And already when the semifinals phase is reached, those matches are approached with all seriousness and force.
Therefore, there is not much left to hang on the outsiders of this meeting, SV Zulte Waregem. Brugge defeated her in both meetings this season, at zero, 2-0 away and 4-0 at home, the last result occurring just a month ago. At the same time, if Brugge has won as many victories and all at home in the last 6 matches, Zulte Waregem comes after 3 consecutive defeats to zero, while both registered and away are also registered. And the score of this first round counts for Philippe Clément and his people, to eliminate any possible unpleasant surprises in return.
Bet Tips: Over 2.5 goals