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Standard Liège will do battle with visiting team Cercle Brugge at Stade Maurice Dufrasne in the First Division A fixture on Sunday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Standard Liège v Cercle Brugge can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Standard Liège will want to continue from where they left off last time out with a 2-0 First Division A triumph versus Cercle Brugge.
In that game, Standard Liège managed 60% possession and 9 shots on goal with 6 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Standard Liège was Selim Amallah (31', 45'). Cercle Brugge got 5 shots on goal with 3 on target.
It’s been seldom in recent times that Standard Liège have kept a clean sheet. The reality is that Standard Liège have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 12 goals along the way.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Standard Liège:
- have not lost a league tie with Cercle Brugge in their previous 16 games. It's quite some record.
- are winless against Cercle Brugge in their last 2 league games.
- are without a home win in the past 3 league games.
Throughout their 6 most recent matches, Dominik Thalhammer's Cercle Brugge have had reason to celebrate scoring a total of 6 times thus giving them the goals per game average of 1.
Ahead of this clash, Cercle Brugge haven’t won away from home in the past 6 league games.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head meetings stretching back to 27/07/2019 shows that these encounters have ended in disappointment for Cercle Brugge. They have not been able to register any victories whatsoever whereas Standard Liège have been dominant against them, running out winners in 67% of those ties.
A total of 11 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 8 for Les Rouches and 3 for Groen en Zwart. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.83.
The last league contest featuring these clubs was First Division A match day 26 on 05/02/2022 and the score finished Standard Liège 1-1 Cercle Brugge.
That time, Standard Liège managed 57% possession and 8 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer was Nicolas Raskin (55').
On the other side, Cercle Brugge got 17 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Dino Hotić (44') scored.
The referee was Lawrence Visser.
Team News: Standard Liège
The Standard Liège boss Ronny Deila has zero fitness worries at all ahead of this clash with a fully injury-free squad available for selection.
It’s our opinion that Les Rouches will probably use the 4-2-3-1 formation for the game, beginning the first half with Arnaud Bodart, Gilles Dewaele, Noe Dussenne, Konstantinos Laifis, J. Barrett Laursen, Nicolas Raskin, Gojko Cimirot, Aron Doennum, Selim Amallah, Denis Dragus and Renaud Emond.
Team News: Cercle Brugge
Cercle Brugge manager Dominik Thalhammer has to choose a team with limited availability. Edgaras Utkus (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Sousa (Torn Meniscus) and Senna Miangue (Ankle Injury) will miss out on this game.
We believe Groen en Zwart could decide to utilise a 4-2-3-1 formation, giving starts to Radoslaw Majecki, Robbe Decostere, Boris Popovic, Jesper Daland, Louis Torres, L. Da Silva, H. van der, Dino Hotic, Thibo Somers, Olivier Deman and Kevin Denkey.
We’ve got the feeling that Cercle Brugge and Standard Liège could well cancel each other out, with goals at a real premium.
There should be little in it, and a draw looks quite a realistic result. Our tip is therefore for a very even match with a 0-0 draw at full-time.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Maurice Dufrasne (27,670)
Captain: Arnaud Bodart
Manager: Ronny Deila
Competitions: First Division A position 16