Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
After sharing the spoils with Antwerp before the international break, Standard Liege will be looking to return to winning ways in the Jupiler League when they welcome Eupen at their Stade Maurice Dufrasne on Saturday evening. Standard aim to retain top position in the standings, and they should take advantage of Eupen’s anything but good form.
The Pandas experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their last away game in the Jupiler League, with the team losing to Genk 4-0, and even though several Standard Liege first-team regulars miss the game, home win should be considered. The likes of Fai, Shamir, and Sissako are all sidelined through coronavirus, while Balikwisha, Muleka, Cop, Oulare, and Vanheusden are out of contention with injury for the hosts, but the Red Devils have strength in depth. In each of their previous three meetings in the Belgian top flight Standard defeated Eupen.
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.