Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Standard Liege will be aiming to make amends for a 4-2 loss to Westerlo when they host Leuven to their Stade Maurice Dufrasne on day 5 of the new Jupiler League campaign. The Red Devils are a team with two faces as they produce much better showings at home than on the travels, and, as a result, they are seen as favourites to win Sunday’s clash.
Fit-again attacker Abdoul Tapsoba is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while Morocco midfielder Selim Amallah serves a one-game ban. Leuven, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Antwerp (2-4) and Club Brugge (0-3) in the previous two league fixtures, and given their shaky defence, we predict that Standard will return to winning ways this weekend. Siebe Shrjijvers should be the only absentee in the away team.
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.