Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Standard Liege and Mechelen face each other in a highly-anticipated Jupiler League clash at Stade Maurice Dufrasne. The Red Devils aim to overtake Oostende in the top half of the table, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in the midweek clash. The good news for the hosts is that Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez returns from suspension, but all Bokadi, Heniknet, Siquet, and Vanheusden are likely to miss the game through injuries.
Mechelen, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 5-3 win over Oostende, but beating Standard in Liege is easier said than done. The Red Devils are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that they will prove their worth on the field. Winger Nikola Storm, who has been scoring goals for fun of late, will be the man to keep an eye on 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.