2019-20 Belgian Jupiler Pro League – Sporting Charleroi vs Standard Liege Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sporting Charleroi vs Standard Liege taking place? Sunday 1st March, 2020 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Sporting Charleroi vs Standard Liege taking place? Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi

What television channel is Sporting Charleroi vs Standard Liege on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Sporting Charleroi vs Standard Liege? Belgian Jupiler Pro League matches are occasionally streamed on Betfair so it is worth checking their website

Where can I get tickets for Sporting Charleroi vs Standard Liege? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website

THE TEAM NEWS

SPORTING CHARLEROI

  • Sporting Charleroi were undone by a goal in the opening minute of the game against league leaders Club Brugge last weekend and suffered only their second league defeat since early October.
  • After falling behind, they were unable to break down a solid Club Brugge backline that has only conceded 12 goals in 27 league matches so far this season. Their cause was not helped by the absence of top scorer Kaveh Rezaei who was not eligible to play due to the terms of his loan deal – he returns to the team for this fixture.
  • Charleroi have a very strong home record with seven wins and a draw from their last eight fixtures and only one goal conceded during that sequence of results.

STANDARD LIEGE

  • Standard Liege leapfrogged both Antwerp and Charleroi in the league table and moved up into third place with a 1-0 home win against Antwerp last weekend.
  • Striker Obbi Oulare returned from his one match suspension to score the winning goal in the first half. The most influential player on the field though was Bosnian midfielder Gojko Cimirot who contributed heavily in defence and attack.
  • Coach Michel Preud'homme will have to watch this game from the stands as he is serving a one-match ban for his fifth yellow card of the season – he is the first Belgian Pro League coach to have this fate.

THE PREDICTION

A tight encounter is predicted between two teams who have already confirmed their place in the championship play-offs. This fixture has not produced a lot of goals in recent times with only six scored in the last seven league meetings between the pair. The fact that were has been five draws in those seven games also shows how closely matched Charleroi and Standard are. A low-scoring draw would be no big surprise in this match.

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