Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
After failing to win the previous five league matches, Standard Liege will look to get back on course when they take on Kortrijk in the Jupiler League round 21. The Red Devils are not enjoying a season to remember, but they are still in the race for a spot in European competitions. Merveille Bokadi remains on the sidelines through suspension, while all Ibe Hautekiet, Laurent Henkinet, and Steven Alzate continue to miss out with injuries.
De Kerels, on the other hand, do not seem to be at their sharpest, with the team losing each of their last four league matches. As Standard are desperate to return to winning ways in the Belgian top flight, we predict that the visitors are going to return home with their hands empty. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Liege.
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.