Union Saint-Gilloise vs Anderlecht – Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 30/01/22, Team News and Lineups

12:30, 30 jan 2022
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Table-topping Union Saint-Gilloise face another stern test of their title aspirations when they host Anderlecht in a Belgian First Division A fixture on Sunday. Read our free predictions and betting picks for the game here.

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Bookmaker Ratings prediction one: Union Saint-Gilloise to Win – 2.25

Bookmaker Ratings prediction two: Both Teams to Score – 1.7

Union Saint-Gilloise to Win

Union Saint-Gilloise are nine points clear at the summit of the Belgian First Division A and having won 12 of their last 15 games in the competition, the title favourites have momentum to burn. Union beat Anderlecht 3-1 in the teams’ reverse fixture back in July and they can overpower the same opponents again on Sunday.

Both Teams to Score

Anderlecht have failed to score in just three of their 24 Belgian First Division A assignments this term, so it makes sense to expect the away side to notch a consolation effort at the Stade Joseph Mariеn. In addition, Union are averaging over 2.0 goals per 90 minutes at home this season, so back both teams to get in on the act this weekend.

Preliminary review and match prediction for Union Saint-Gilloise vs Anderlecht

Newly-promoted Union Saint-Gilloise are competing in Belgium’s top flight for the first time in 48 years this season and remarkably, the unfancied outfit are on course to land the title.

Armed with a budget that is dwarfed by some of the competition’s big names, Union have opened up a nine-point gap at the summit of the league thanks to a superb run of 12 wins in their last 15 fixtures.

On Thursday evening, they passed another test of their title credentials when they held current champions Club Brugge to a 0-0 draw at the Jan Breydelstadion and Union have a chance to reaffirm their tag as top contenders at home to Anderlecht on Sunday.

Felice Mazzu’s cosmopolitan side won 3-1 at Anderlecht when the teams last met in July in what was a campaign opener for both clubs, though few could have predicted what was to follow for Union.

The table-toppers have been formidable at the Stade Joseph Mariеn where they have claimed maximum points in eight of their 12 matches so far and Union are available at a tempting price to harness home advantage again this weekend.

In Denis Undav and Dante Vanzeir, Union have two of the league’s most potent attacking players, indeed, German striker Undav scored twice against Anderlecht last summer and the 25-year-old should be a key performer again on Sunday.

Safe Bets

67% of Union Saint-Gilloise’s league fixtures have produced over 2.5 goals this season and the net rippled four times when the leaders last locked horns with Anderlecht. The clubs’ rematch has all the ingredients required for another thrilling contest and at 1.8 odds, bettors can pursue the over 2.5 goals market again with confidence.

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We’ve tipped Union to collect three points against Anderlecht on Sunday, though we do expect the visitors to impact the scoresheet with a consolation effort. The last encounter between the clubs finished 3-1 in Union’s favour and you can back Les Unionistes to triumph again alongside both teams to score at 4.33 this weekend.

Union Saint-Gilloise vs Anderlecht first goalscorer

Denis Undav opened the scoring for Union Saint-Gilloise back in July when the newly-promoted side roared to a 3-1 win at Anderlecht and ten of the 18 goals he has scored overall this season were firsts for his club. Undav will be leading the line with authority again this weekend and he is available at a juicy-looking 5.0 in the first goalscorer market.

Union Saint-Gilloise vs Anderlecht Team News

Jonas Bager is serving the final game of his three-match suspension, while midfielder Seene Lynen is doubtful with a knee injury. Union will hope to have key attacker Kaoru Mitoma back in contention however.

Wesley Hoedt was sent off in Anderlecht’s 2-0 reverse to Cercle Brugge last time out and the important defender will miss Sunday’s game as a result. Kristoffer Olsson is available again after a one-match ban however. Michael Amir Murillo and Christian Kouame are away on international duty.

Starting Lineups

Union Saint-Gilloise: Moris – Kandouss, Burgess, Van der Heyden – Nieuwkoop, Amani, Nielsen, Teuma, Lapoussin – Vanzeir, Undav

Anderlecht: Van Crombrugge – Sardella, Magallan, Delcroix, Sergio Gomez – Amuzu, Cullen, Refaelov, Verschaeren – Raman, Zirkzee

Highlighted Player

Dante Vanzeir

With 22 goal contributions (13 goals, 9 assists) this season, Dante Vanzeir has been in electric form for Union and his performances haven’t gone unnoticed. The 23-year-old made his debut for the Belgian national team against Wales in November and the attacker is being followed closely by a number of bigger European clubs.

Most popular FAQ for Union Saint-Gilloise vs Anderlecht

Who won the last meeting between these clubs?

Union Saint-Gilloise beat Anderlecht 3-1 when the teams last met on July 25th.

Where will this fixture be played?

Sunday’s fixture will be played at the 8,000-capacity Stade Joseph Mariеn.

Which bookmaker has the best odds for this game?

We recommend checking out the odds at William Hill for Union Saint-Gilloise vs Anderlecht.

 

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