Sacha Kljestan is likely to return for Anderlecht, which is good news for the home side as they host Club Brugge.
The battle for second place in the Belgian Jupiter Pro League is an extremely fraught one right now, with three teams on 44 points. Two of those teams are Anderlecht and Club Brugge, who meet on Sunday at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
|Time (GMT)||Home Side||Away Side||TV Coverage||Live Stream|
|17:00||Anderlecht||Club Brugge||VooFoot/Sporting 1 (No English-speaking TV Coverage)||Bet365/bwin/Unibet (English)|
Anderlecht have a slightly better record over the past five games, having won three to Club's two. Victory will give one of these teams the edge, although Standard Liege are 10 points clear at the top of the table.
Anderlecht will take comfort from the return of American Sacha Kljestan, who has been something of a good luck charm for them in home games against Club. Kljestan has never lost a home game to Club, including a crushing 6-1 victory in 2012.
Despite this, Anderlecht are now out for revenge after receiving a 4-0 beating the last time these two teams met.
Standing in their way will be an ex-Anderlecht player. Tom De Sutter spent four years with the club, but he will return wearing the shirt of the opposition this weekend. Speaking to the official Club Brugge website, De Sutter outlined his expectations for the day:
We have been great in any top game this season so far. The game at Jan Breydel was one with all the trimmings. Everything went according to plan, and with the incredible support of our fans we were able to move mountains. And we did.
It was a top game, one to remember. I have very good memories of that game, even today, and we'll try to repeat that trick on Sunday, why not. We've got what it takes to cause pain to Anderlecht (again).
Of course, what De Sutter omitted is that Club haven't always been great against lower teams. The recent example of this is in the Cofidis Cup, where Club were overcome by seventh-placed Kortrijk in the round of 16, crashing out of the tournament 1-0.
It's likely to be a hard-fought game, with both sides not yet ready to give up on the league title. Anderlecht are defending champions, while Club are looking for their first league title since 2005.
If Club can attack the home side from the outset and put them under some early pressure, they can gain a foothold in the match. Neither side has lost a match this year in which they've scored first, so that's likely to be the deciding factor again here.