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Standard Liège are the guests at Jan Breydelstadion on Sunday for the First Division A tie with home team Cercle Brugge.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Cercle Brugge v Standard Liège match are shown here - as well as up-to-date odds.
Cercle Brugge go into this match coming off the back of a 1-1 First Division A stalemate against Beerschot.
The only name on the scoresheet from Cercle Brugge was Anthony Musaba (89'). Musashi Suzuki (22') scored for Beerschot.
It has not been often in recent games that Cercle Brugge have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Groen en Zwart have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 11 goals during that time. Nonetheless, time will tell whether that pattern might be sustained here in this game.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Cercle Brugge:
- are winless against Standard Liège in their last 13 league games. That has got to hurt.
- haven’t won at home in the past 6 league matches. Fans are getting restless.
Standard Liège go into this clash following on from a 3-1 First Division A win with the defeat of Waasland-Beveren in their last match.
For Standard Liège, goals were scored by Selim Amallah (31', 66') and Merveille Bokadi (74'). Dries Wuytens (84') scored for Waasland-Beveren.
In a total of 5 of the previous 6 games involving Standard Liège, at least three goals have gone in. The overall average goals scored per match within that time is 3, with the number of goals averaged by Standard Liège standing at 1.33.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Standard Liège:
- haven't been beaten by Cercle Brugge in games played away from home for the previous 6 matches in the league. Travelling fans have really enjoyed these clashes.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 5 league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head meetings going back to 27/02/2015 shows that these encounters have been disappointments for Cercle Brugge. They’ve not been able to get themselves any wins whatsoever whereas Standard Liège have been the better of the two, getting wins in 83% of those games where they have faced each other.
A combined total of 10 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 2 of them for Groen en Zwart and 8 coming from Les Rouches. That’s an average goals per game of 1.67.
The previous league meeting between the two was First Division A match day 1 on 08/08/2020 when the final score was Standard Liège 1-0 Cercle Brugge.
The match was refereed by Jonathan Lardot.
Team News: Cercle Brugge
There is just the lone fitness concern for the Cercle Brugge manager Paul Clement to be concerned about thanks to an otherwise robust group of players. Miguel Van Damme (Cancer) is out of contention.
Team News: Standard Liège
Standard boss Mbaye Leye has some current player fitness concerns. Zinho Vanheusden (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Collins Fai (Adductor problems) can’t be considered.
We’ve got the feeling that Cercle Brugge could find themselves struggling to register a score against this Standard Liège outfit who should manage to get a goal of their own in a winning performance.
We’ve gone for a very even match with a 0-1 victory for Standard Liège at the end of the match.
We’ll see what happens.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Jan Breydelstadion (29,062)
Captain: Jérémy Taravel
Chairman: Vincent Goemaere
Manager: Paul Clement
Competitions: First Division A position 17, Belgian Cup (Sixth Round)
⭐ Key Man: Anthony Musaba
Normally played in the Right Wing position, Anthony Musaba was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Having made his senior debut playing for NEC in the 2018 - 2019 season, the gifted Forward has bagged 4 league goals in this First Division A 2020 - 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 16 appearances.