Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Standard Liege and St. Truiden face each other at Stade Maurice Dufrasne in the opening match of round 19. The Red Devils failed to win the previous three league fixtures, with the team obviously struggling in front of goal, but Friday’s clash could be the turning point for Ronny Deila’s troops. Both Nathan Ngoy and Gilles Dewaele are sidelined with injuries, while Cyprus international and fellow defender Konstantinos Laifis is back from suspension.
The Canaries, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Waregem. St. Truiden are eyeing their third consecutive win on the road, but beating Standard in Liege is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. Shinji Kagawa is a major doubt, and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
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.