Waasland-Beveren take on the visitors Standard Liege at “Freethiel Stadion” in the gameweek 18 of the Belgian Jupiler League. The match will be played in Beveren on Friday, December 8th.
Waasland-Beveren have lost three latest encounters in the Belgian elite division: 0:3 to Club Brugge KV, 0:2 to Charleroi and 1:4 to Kortrijk. That unlucky series threw the upcoming hosts back to the ninth place in the table where it is sitting now with 21 points taken and 32-31 goal difference. The club conducted eight clashes at the home filed in this season, having earned 13 points with 17 goals for and 11 goals against in them. The strong point of Philippe Clement‘s side is its offense although the team’s defense also disappoints now and eight goals conceded in three recent fights is the best evidence of it.
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With the Belgian Cup taken into account, Standard Liege have not been broken across four consecutive matches since the 18th of November. “Les Rouches” recorded two triumphs and two defeats in those battles. With 17 rounds behind, Ricardo Sa Pinto’s side settles on the current seventh position in the Jupiler League standings with 24 points collected. Standard Liege picked up nine points with seven goals for and 10 goals against in nine encounters conducted at away turfs in this season.
Since the 10th of August 2012 Standard Liege have lost only one out of 15 head-to-heads played between the rivals with other three games finished in draws and 11 victories celebrated by Standard Liege. Taking into consideration that statistics as well as unbeaten run of the visiting side in the recent clashes, I would assume that they will get the points again in the forthcoming fight.
Prediction for the match: Standard Liege to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.