Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
The ground at Stade Maurice Dufrasne will shake when Standard and Club Brugge take on each other in the Jupiler League derby. The Red Devils have been in a splendid form of late, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive league win, but Club Brugge will surely pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. Teenager Nathan Ngoy suffered an injury in a 2-1 win over St. Truiden, while fellow defender Konstantinos Laifis has yet to recover from a hamstring problem.
The title holders, on the other hand, extended their winning run to five games at Seraing, and given their attacking potential, we believe that both teams to score betting option should be considered. All Clinton Mata, Lang, Rits, Vormer, and Buchanan missed the thrilling 4-0 win over Porto with injuries, and the quintet is unlikely to feature in the Jupiler League derby.
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 (Club Brugge):
Founded in 1891, Belgium giants Club Brugge are one of the most decorated football clubs in the country. Also known as Blauw-Zwart due to their Blue and Black colours, Club Brugge have been crown champions of Belgium on 14 occasions which is second to Anderlecht.
Through their long-lasting history Club Brugge have enjoyed fair amount of European success.to this day in football history Club Brugge holds the European record number of consecutive participation in the UEFA Europa league – 20. The Blauw-Zwart have reached two European finals and two semi-finals so far. What is more, Club Brugge are the only Belgian side ever to play in the final of the European Cup so far, losing to Liverpool in the 1978 season.
Two years prior, Club Brugge lost the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same rivals. Club Brugge play their home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which is also home to city rivals Cercle Brugge. The two sides form a formidable rivalry contested in the Bruges Derby.