Royal Antwerp vs KV Oostende Prediction 29.02.2024

Antwerp

Antwerp

3 : 0

KV Oostende

KV Oostende

1

1.22

X

6.6

2

12.5

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  • Competition: Croky Cup - Semi-Finals 2nd Leg
  • Date: Thursday, 29th, February 2024
  • Kickoff: 19:45 UK / 20.45 CET
  • Venue: Bosuilstadion (Antwerp)

Eyeing a back-to-back appearance in the Belgian Cup final, Royal Antwerp faces the challenge of second-tier opponents KV Oostende at their Bosuilstadion in the return fixture on Thursday.

Royal Antwerp vs KV Oostende Betting Tips: AH1 (-1.5)

Despite their dominance on the field earlier this month, Royal Antwerp failed to translate it into a result, resulting in a hand-shaking 1-1 draw with the second-tier outfit at Diaz Arena, and the winner of this rematch will battle against the runaway leaders Royale Union SG or Club Brugge for the trophy.

Following that level pegging in the Crocky Cup, the Belgian champions have displayed a mixed bag of form on the home front, as a sharp-as-a-tack 4-0 victory over RWDW was followed by some tough results, succumbing to a narrow 0-1 loss against Mechelen and salvaging a late point in a dramatic 2-2 draw against Gent last time out.

While tasting the bitterness of a recent home loss, the Great Old will believe that this setback is just a passing cloud in their otherwise sunny home record, where they have come out on top on seven occassions out of the last 10 matches, with one of those triumphs coming in the last-16 round of the Belgian Cup when they crushed Charleroi 5-2.

Despite missing their chances to seize the lead from the first-leg clash, coach Mark van Bommel's squad should feel confident of sealing their spot in the Crocky Cup final in a routine fashion, as they have outplayed KV Oostende with at least a two-goal margin in four out of the last five H2H meetings in front of their own supporters.

Although aiming to bolster their confidence before the decisive second-leg cup clash at the Bosuilstadion, De Kustboys faltered over the weekend, suffering a humiliating 1-4 defeat at the hands of Club Brugge's youthful squad, a result that has left them uncomfortably close to the relegation zone with only a slim three-point lead.

Granted, KV Oostende has been on a stellar run of form on their travels in recent months, going undefeated in ten straight road matches across all competitions (W6, D4), but it's truly hard to envision them holding the Jupiler Pro League title holders in suspense. Considering the vast gulf in class between these sides, coupled with van Bommel fielding a strong lineup, anything other than Antwerp cruising to a smooth victory would be a shock.

Antwerp vs KV Oostende Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. KV Oostende

    1 : 1

    Antwerp

    Belgian Cup

  2. KV Oostende

    0 : 3

    Antwerp

    Pro League

  3. Antwerp

    3 : 0

    KV Oostende

    Pro League

  4. KV Oostende

    1 : 2

    Antwerp

    Pro League

  5. Antwerp

    3 : 0

    KV Oostende

    Pro League

Antwerp

Royal Antwerp team news

The home team will have to make do without the services of Ritchie De Laet (musle injury), Michel-Ange Balikwisha (knee surgery), and Anthony Valencia (fracture of fibula shaft) as they continue their recoveries from respective injuries.

After sitting out the first-leg semi final due to suspension, Antwerp's star striker Vincent Janssen is back in action, ready to fire his team to victory and another shot at cup glory.

Last matches of Antwerp

  1. K.A.A. Gent

    2 : 2

    Antwerp

    Pro League

  2. Antwerp

    0 : 1

    KV Mechelen

    Pro League

  3. RWDM

    0 : 4

    Antwerp

    Pro League

  4. KV Oostende

    1 : 1

    Antwerp

    Belgian Cup

  5. Antwerp

    2 : 1

    Club Brugge

    Pro League

Antwerp lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 91

    Senne Lammens

Defenders

  • 5

    Owen Wijndal

  • 23

    Toby Alderweireld

  • 33

    Zeno Van Den Bosch

  • 34

    Jelle Bataille

Midfielders

  • 19

    Chidera Ejuke

  • 84

    Mahamadou Doumbia

  • 27

    Mandela Keita

  • 17

    Jacob Ondrejka

Forwards

  • 24

    Jurgen Ekkelenkamp

  • 18

    Vincent Janssen

KV Oostende

KV Oostende team news

When it comes to the visiting side, they will have the luxury of calling upon all key players for the decisive rematch of the Croky Cup semifinals, with the sole exception being Dapo Mebude who has recovered from a serious traffic accident but is still not match-fit.

While the second choice in terms of goalkeepers, Brent Gabriel was instrumental in holding the Belgian champions to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, making several brilliant saves, which should see him back between the posts on Thursday.

Last matches of KV Oostende

  1. KV Oostende

    1 : 4

    Club Brugge II

    Challenger Pro League

  2. Lommel United

    0 : 1

    KV Oostende

    Challenger Pro League

  3. Francs Borains

    0 : 2

    KV Oostende

    Challenger Pro League

  4. KV Oostende

    0 : 2

    Liège

    Challenger Pro League

  5. KV Oostende

    1 : 1

    Antwerp

    Belgian Cup

KV Oostende lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 13

    Brent Gabriel

Defenders

  • 5

    Brent Laes

  • 2

    Jonas Vinck

  • 3

    Zechariah Medley

  • 22

    Massimo Decoene

  • 36

    Siebe Wylin

Midfielders

  • 8

    Ewan Henderson

  • 16

    Sieben Dewaele

  • 6

    Maxime D'Arpino

Forwards

  • 77

    David Atanga

  • 90

    Mohamed Berte

4 Reasons why we expect AH1 (-1.5)

  1. Antwerp has clinched victory in seven out of their last 10 home matches in any competition.
  2. Five out of those seven Antwerp wins have come with at least a two-goal margin.
  3. Antwerp has defeated Oostende by two or more goals in four out of the last five home head-to-head encounters.
  4. Oostende was thoroughly dismantled in their recent league outing, suffering a painful 1-4 defeat against Club Brugge's U23 youth team.

Main prediction Antwerp - KV Oostende

AH1 (-1.5)

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Royal Antwerp vs KV Oostende - FAQ

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Where to watch?

The match between these teams will be broadcast on Arena Sport (BiH), Arena Sport (Cro), Arena Sport (Ser), Arena Sport (Svn), Eleven Sports (Por), Nova Sports (Hel), Sport 1+ (Ger), VRT Canvas (Bel), Ziggo Kanaal 14, Ziggo Sport Select

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Who is Antwerp's player to watch?

Vincent Janssen, Antwerp's top scorer this season with 16 goals to his name, returns to the squad for the second-leg match of the Belgian Cup semifinals after missing the first leg due to suspension.

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Who is Oostende's player to watch?

Mohamed Berte poses the biggest threat in attack for the second-tier side KV Oostende, having netted seven times in opposition nets so far this season.