Standard Liege take on the visitors Genk at “Stade Maurice Dufrasne” in the second round of the Belgian Jupiler League of 2017/2018 season. The game will be played in Liege on Friday, August 4th.
Standard Liege failed last season staying out of a battle for the medals. This summer the side from Liege has shown solid football, having earned six victories, two draws and single defeat in nine friendly encounters. Despite the squad’s enforcement made in summer, the club couldn’t start the new season with a win, having got 1:1 draw against KV Mechelen on the road. In regard to the team’s performance at the home field, it worth mentioning that in 2017 Standard Liege gained three triumphs, four draws and three losses in 10 matches.
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This summer Genk have spent more than 10 million EUR for the football players’ trio: Ruslan Malinovsky, Joseph Aidoo and Marcus Ingvartsen which has to enforce the side, bearing in mind that the club won’t participate in the Eurocups this season. Genk gained four victories and a draw in five games during the summer. Ruslan Malinovsky’s side also ended the starting clash of the new season in the Belgian Jupiler League with 3:3 against Waasland-Beveren at the home stadium.
This season both Standard Liege and Genk set ambitious tasks in the Jupiler League. The draws in the starting gameweek were not in both teams’ plans, therefore, I believe that they will strive for getting a victory in the second round so that not to lose too many points in the start of the season already. I assume that there will be at least three goals scored in the forthcoming battle.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.