Club Brugge - Cercle Brugge: Club Facts

Last weekend Club celebrated a big win against the current champion Genk. This Saturday the blue and black face Cercle Brugge and they will thank the fans for their support during the #ThanksFans festival. Read more Club Facts about the city derby.

GAP

Coach Philippe Clement made four changes compared to the Europa League game against Manchester for the fixture against his former team. Éder Balanta, Charles De Ketelaere, Krépin Diatta and Eduard Sobol were all given the nod. Charles De Ketelaere scored his second goal for Club after the winning goal against Zulte Waregem in the cup. Mats Rits scored as well - his nineth for the team and the 26th goal in his career. 2020 started out brilliantly for him with four goals in seven official games. Rits equals Dennis and Diatta with five goals and is third in the top strikers' ranking at the club. David Okereke and Clinton Mata provided their second and fourth assist of the season.

 

It was Club's first victory in the last ten visits at Genk. The previous victory dates back to February 2014. With KAA Gent slipping into a defeat, Club has now a 12-point advantage. No team has had a bigger lead after 28 fixtures since the 2009-10 season. Apart from Club and Gent, Sporting Charleroi, Antwerp and Standard are sure of a spot in Play-Off 1. For the last ticket, KV Mechelen, KRC Genk and RSC Anderlecht are still in the running.

Milestones

Brandon Mechele can play his 190th game in the first division. He played 18 with STVV and 171 for Club. Krépin Diatta can play his 70th game for Club, Mitrovic his 30th league match.

 

Top striker is still Hans Vanaken with 12 goals. David and Mbokani (18 goals) scored the most goals so far.

Club's injured captain Ruud Vormer is still the assist king in the Jupiler Pro League with 15 assists and Simon Mignolet has the most clean sheets (16). Last weekend Nicolas Penneteau added one clean sheet to his tally - he's now at 12.

City derby

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Next Saturday Club Brugge playes its 146th derby in the history of the club. Since it's the last home game of the regular league, Club will thank its fans with a #ThanksFans Festical.

 

Club won 44 of the previous 72 home games against Cercle (last time 4-0 in 2018), 16 ended on a draw (last time 1-1 in 2014) and twelve home games were lost (last time 0-1 in 2010). Earlier this season Club won the away game 0-2, courtesy to Krépin Diatta and Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis. Club kept a clean sheet in four of the last five home games against Cercle.

 

 

Cercle Brugge is currently out of the danger zone following an impressive 12 out of 12 points. With 23 points they leave KVO (22) and Waasland-Beveren (20) behind them. Cercle picked up 7 points on the road so far.

Man in black

Wesley Alen is the referee for the city derby. He will be assisted by Koen Thijs and Yves De Neve (linesmen), Ken Vermeiren (fourth official) and Alexandre Boucaut (VAR). It's only the third official Club Brugge game for Alen. The 29-year-old whistled two home games for Club this season: the 1-0 win against Mouscron and the 1-1 draw against Zulte Waregem in the first leg of the Belgian cup semi-final.

Other fixtures

sa 07/03 20:00 RSC Anderlecht - SV Zulte Waregem (Ref: Nathan Verboomen, VAR: Kevin Van Damme)
sa 07/03 20:00 R. Standard de Liège - K. Sint-Truidense VV (Ref: Christof Dierick, VAR: Wesli De Cremer)
sa 07/03 20:00 KAA Gent - Sp. du Pays de Charleroi (Ref: Jan Boterberg, VAR: Bert Put)
sa 07/03 20:00 KV Kortrijk - R. Antwerp FC (Ref: Wim Smet, VAR: Nicolas Laforge)
sa 07/03 20:00 R. Excel Mouscron - KV RS Waasland-SK Beveren (Ref: Lawrence Visser, VAR: Erik Lambrechts)
sa 07/03 20:00 KV Oostende - KRC Genk (Ref: Jonathan Lardot, VAR: Bram Van Driessche)
sa 07/03 20:00 YR KV Mechelen - KAS Eupen (Ref: Jasper Vergoote, VAR: Lothar D’Hondt)  

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