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Genk vs Mechelen Predictions

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Genk 2-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have scored in seven of Mechelen’s last nine games.
  • Both teams found the net in both of the teams’ earlier head-to-head meetings this season.
  • Genk have scored 66 goals and shipped 47 in their 34 league games.
  • Mechelen, meanwhile, have the division’s fourth-worst defence after shipping 61 goals.

Belgian play-off rivals meet again

Genk have already earned a 1-1 draw and a 4-1 win over Mechelen in the Belgian top flight this term, but will have to do it all over again when they face off in the division’s Europa League play-offs. With Genk seeing 113 goals feature in their 34 league games, and their visitors witnessing 118 in the same amount of outings, entertainment is to be expected.

Genk come into this clash in good form after winning three consecutive games, including a 5-0 hammering of Eupen. Although the hosts have now kept three successive clean sheets, two of those came against lowly opponents and they conceded six goals across their previous three, showing their vulnerability. Meanwhile, Genk have scored 23 goals across their last seven home games, so should be expected to threaten on Friday.

Mechelen have been very competitive of late; since losing 4-1 at Genk in February, they’ve lost just one of their last eight games, away at title-chasing Brugge. Both teams have scored in seven of their last nine games, and their record of 57 league goals scored is actually the division’s fifth-best such record (Genk are fourth with 66).

Goals at both ends look likely when entertainers do battle

Both sides have secured play-off spots after putting in excellent attacking displays this season, with respective top scorers Paul Onuachu and Nikola Storm hitting 19 and 15 league goals.

Meanwhile, Mechelen have the fourth-worst defensive record in the league, and eight teams conceding fewer goals than Genk this term, goals at both ends look likely.

Genk have won 10 of their 17 home league games, and having beaten Mechelen 4-1 just two months ago, should be favoured for another success, if a less comprehensive one. 2-1 looks a decent correct score prediction.

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