Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Gent will be looking to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over Oostende when they take on Mechelen on Wednesday evening. Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s troops are eyeing their third consecutive league win, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in the midweek clash. A man to watch in the home team will be Ukraine international Roman Bezus, who has found his goalscoring touch of late.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Mechelen. Standard Liege have been playing some high-scoring games of late, but given their shaky defence, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Gent. It has to be noted that first-choice goalkeeper Arnaud Bodart has joined Bokadi, Carcela-Gonzalez, Dussenne, Gillet, Henkinet, and Vanheusden in Standard Liege’s recovery room. In their last meeting at Ghelamco Arena Standard defeated Gent 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui):
Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui is a Cameroon international who plays for Slavia Prague as a defender. Ngadjui started his career at the youth team of Diables Rouges Maroua and in 2007 he moved to Canon Yaounde. The 190-cm tall footballer continued playing for Diables Rouges Maroua at senior level and in 2010 he joined German lower-league side Kirchhorder SC.
At the end of the 2010/2011 he moved to fellow German club SV Sandhausen II and in 2012 he signed a contract with Nurnberg. After making 54 appearances for the reserve team he moved to Romania, signing a deal with Botosani. Michal Ngadeu Ngadjui scored seven goals in 53 league games for the Romanian side before joining Slavia Prague in 2016.
The Cameroonian footballer, who was born in Bafang on November 23, 1990, won the national championship with Slavia Prague in the 2016/2017, but the capital club eventually failed to make it to the Champions League group stages. His main position is centre back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (St Liege):
Standard are a Belgian football club based in Liege. The club was founded back in 1898 and 11 years later they joined Belgian First League. Les Rouches (the Reds) immediately dropped to the lower leagues, but in 1921 they returned to the Belgian top flight. Standard won their first Belgian League trophy in 1958, but you should have in mind that they were level on points with second-placed Royal Antwerp.
In 2009 the Reds clinched their tenth domestic title, beating Anderlecht in the title game. Talented midfielder Axel Witsel scored the winner for Standard in the 1-0 triumph over their bitter rivals. Standard play their home games at Stade Maurice Dufrasne, the venue that was opened in 1909. The capacity of the stadium is 30 023.
Maurice Dufrasne was the club’s chairman from 1909 until 1931. Speaking of the club’s European success, Standard participated in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1982, losing to La Liga giants Barcelona in the title game.