Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
After surviving Leuven at the weekend, Genk will look to retain top position in the standings when they face St Liege on Sunday afternoon. The league leaders showed character in their last league match, with Tresor Ndayishimiye scoring a late winner, but St Gilloise are still breathing down their neck. Forward Tolu Arokodare is sidelined with a meniscus problem, while Adnane Abid remains doubtful with an ACL injury.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Oostende, but they will have a big fish to fry against Genk. A close encounter is on the cards at Stade Maurice Dufrasne, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Barring any fresh injury worries, Standard Liege boss Ronny Deila is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Oostende at the weekend.
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.