Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Standard Liege will be looking to build on a hard-fought 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt when they take on Vitoria Guimaraes at Estadio Dom Afonso in their penultimate group game. The Red Devils aim to retain their spot in the top two in Group F, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Os Vimaranenses on Thursday evening. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Renaud Emond, who has been in a fine form in the Belgian top flight in the first half of the season.
Vitoria Guimaraes were on the verge of suffering a loss to Arsenal in their last group game, but thanks to Bruno Duarte’s late goal, they eventually picked up one point from the match. Anyhow, the Portuguese outfit have slim chances of booking their place in the Europa League last 32, and we do not believe that they are capable of matching the second-placed team.
Highlighted Player (Pedro Henrique):
Pedro Henrique is a Brazilian defender who plays for Vitoria de Guimaraes in Primeira Liga. Born in Goiania on December 18, 1992, Pedrao is a product of Goias football school, but he made no more than one appearance for the Brazilian club before joining Cruzeiro-Poa.
Pedro Henrique played for the likes of Trindade and Aparecidense as well before joining Goias in the 2013/2014 season. In 2015 he moved to Portugal, signing a deal with Guimaraes where he established himself as a first-team regular.
Thanks to his brilliant performances Pedrao was given captaincy and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for OS Vimaranenses on December 9, 2018 in a 3-2 win over Rio Ave. His main position in centre-back, but he is used as a left-back as well. His preferred foot is left and he has a contract with Guimaraes which is set to expire on June 30, 2022.
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.