Last weeks PP was nothing more than a disappointment regarding Nicolas Verdier. That is unfair as Eupen haven’t adapted to the loss of Henry Onyekuru at all, but I digress. The young Serbian Stefan Drazic has joined the Pro League and started fantastically well. Scoring after 7 minutes on his debut against a Standard Liege team, who I thought, would be challenging this season, and still might.
Mechelen have had a tough start to the season. Not because they haven’t won, but because of the opposition. Playing against Standard, a Ryota Morioka inspired Beveren and a spirited Gent side who claimed their first point of the season, De Kakkers have remained unbeaten, which isn’t actually too bad in my opinion. The Serb has taken to life at the AFAS Stadion quite well, claiming that goal in the first match, and an assist too.
Last term in the Serbian SuperLiga, he joined FK Vozdovac, based in his home city of Serbia, and performed reason well at his new club. There for one season before moving, he notched up 9 goals in all competitions and 1 assist. Vozdovac finished 7 in the table (basically mid table), which was the same place as the season before, but there were 4 more league matches played last season due to a new league setup, which Belgians will all know about themselves!
Up next for Mechelen is a tough match against promoted Antwerp. Both teams have been extremely respectful to eachother on Twitter, but it’ll be a battle on the pitch. Antwerp have had a mixed start, winning, losing and drawing their matches so far, but in honesty, I believe they’ve had an even tougher start, playing 2 of last season’s top three already, and taking 4 points off of them! Last week was a reality check, losing 5-3 at home to Genk, when at one point they were 5-1 down. This is why this match is so fascinating. One team looking for their first victory, whereas the other is looking for a response from a setback.
More than likely, it may end in a draw, mainly because Antwerp will hope to keep it tight in my opinion, but I may be wrong? Mechelen will need to find their form of last season, which was impressive. They’ll also need to have the courage of their convictions and play with a little less fear and have the confidence to take the game to Antwerp tomorrow night! And with Stefan Drazic, they may well have found a gem. If he carries on with his decent form of a goal and an assist, he could prove a steal ahead of Mechelen’s rivals and maybe be the difference, not just this weekend, but in the future too…
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