Tonight Union St Gilloise and Club Brugge will face each other at the Jan Breydal in a mouth watering top four clash. Despite their incredible unbeaten run, which stretches back to September, Union have not beaten Club Brugge since returning to the Pro League last season. In the five games against each other, Club have won three and the other two have been draws.
It feels like there has never been a better chance for Union to get that first win over Club Brugge. Despite bringing in a new head coach in Scott Parker, the defending champions look a shadow of the side from previous seasons that had the ability to win games no matter what. In six games under Parker Club Brugge have only won once, away to relegation threatened Zulte Waregem. Against other teams in the top four during that stretch they lost 3-1 to Genk and drew 0-0 away to Antwerp.
For Union, alongside Genk they are the most inform side in the league. Since their loss against Genk on the 11th of September they have not lost a single league game. One of these was the reverse fixture against Club, in which they came back from 2-0 down despite having 10 men for the majority of the game. This ability to hit back against adversity is what has made this Union team one to be feared, as no matter what they are always in the game. Yorbe Vertessen made an instant impact against Zulte Waregem last weekend, and it will interesting to see if he starts over Gustaf Nilsson, who has scored four goals in four games.
Tonight’s game kicks off an intriguing weekend of Belgian football at both the top and bottom of the league.