Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Standard Liege and Westerlo square off against each other at Stade Maurice Dufrasne in the opening match of the Jupiler League round 8. The Red Devils did well to beat Eupen (3-1) on the road in their last league match and they are now on a quest to record their first home win of the season. Colombia midfielder Steven Alzate serves a one-game ban, while Stipe Perica is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
De Kemphanen, on the other hand, are having a season to forget, with the team collecting only one point in total from possible 21. Given Westerlo’s six-game losing run in the Belgian top flight, Standard Liege will not have a better chance than this to register their first home triumph of the process. Pietro Perdichizzi misses out with a knee injury, while all Jan Bernat, Griffin Yow, and Ilias El Hari are major doubts.
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.