Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Royale Union SG will look to put an extra pressure on league leaders Genk when they take on Standard Liege in the Jupiler League round 26. Following three consecutive league wins, St Giloisse shared the spoils with Club Brugge at the weekend to melt Genk’s advantage to only six points. The hosts face yet another must-win situation on Matchday 26, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Red Devils. Keep in mind, though, that both Siebe Van Der Heyden and Thierry Lazare are banned for the match.
The visitors, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Kortrijk, and seeing that important defender Konstantinos Laifis is sidelined through suspension, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home side. Gilles Dewaele is out for the rest of the season, while fellow defender Nathan Ngoy is a major doubt.
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 (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.