Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Het Kuipje will host Friday’s football game between Westerlo and Standard Liege, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Jupiler League table. Westerlo have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Cercle Brugge, losing to Leuven, while sharing the spoils with Royale Union SG. Nicolas Madsen is pushing for a start, while Tuur Rommens misses out through suspension.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Westerlo. Standard Liege have regained a much-needed confidence, but given their difficulties on the road, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on draw. Forward Cihan Canak remains on the sidelines with injury, while all Zinho Vanheusden, Ibe Hautekiet, Laurent Henkinet, and Nathan Ngoy are rated doubtful for the match.
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.