Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Standard Liege play host to St. Truiden at their Stade Maurice Dufrasne in the last game of the year. The first half of the season has been a mixed bag for the Red Devils, who sit in the ninth position in the Jupiler League table. Standard are on a three-game losing run in the national championship, and, no doubt, they will give 100% to give fans something to cheer about on Saturday evening. Defender Zinho Vanheusden should be the only absentee in the home team as he has been struggling with a knee injury.
St. Truiden, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Charleroi, with the team beating Waregem 2-0 on the road in their last league match. The rock-bottom side regained a much-needed confidence, but they need to keep on raising their form if they are to avoid relegation to the Turkish second tier. Anyhow, a lively contest is on the cards at Stade Maurice Dufrasne, and we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
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.