Our prediction for this Belgian Cup match:
All eyes will be on King Baudouin Stadium when Standard Liege and Genk face each other in the Belgian Cup final. The Red Devils were impressive in the Jupiler League regular season finale, with the team winning each of their previous three league fixtures. Since Standard Liege are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, we are positive that they will find the net in Sunday’s showdown. Both Oulare and Vanheusden are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Genk, on the other hand, have been playing some high-scoring games of late, with over 2.5 goals being netted in each of their last five league matches. Given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Uronen and Wouters remain in the recovery room. When the two teams met in the Belgian Cup final three seasons ago Standard defeated Genk 1-0 after extra time.
Highlighted Player (Mehdi Carcela-González):
Despite being born in Liege, Belgium on July 1, 1989, Mehdi Carcela represents Morocco on the international stage. Carcela initially chose to play for his country of birth Belgium, taking part in two friendlies with the Red Devils, but in February 2011 he made his debut with Morocco.
He represented Morocco at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, but the African side failed to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament. Speaking of his club career, Mehdi Carcela played for the likes of Standard Liege, Anzhi, Benfica, Granada and Olympiakos (on loan). He currently plays for Standard Liege on loan from Granada.
Mehdi Carcela’s main position is right winger, but he is capable of playing as both attacking midfielder and left winger as well. In the 2008/2009 season the Morocco international won the Belgian Pro League with Standard and seven seasons later he repeated the success with Benfica as the Eagles won Primeira Liga. His preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators.
Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013.
The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.