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

THE FACTS

When is Standard Liege vs Antwerp taking place? Saturday 22nd February, 2020 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Standard Liege vs Antwerp taking place? Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege

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

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

STANDARD LIEGE

  • Standard Liege won 3-1 away from home against Genk last weekend to help ease any concerns about their place in the top six following a run of just two wins in eight matches going into that fixture.
  • Goals from Zinho Vanheusden and Duje Cop gave them a two-nil lead at half time against Genk. The away team set up a nervy finale by pulling a goal back with just over five minutes remaining but Aleksandar Boljevic made the game safe in stoppage time.
  • Forward Obbi Oulare returns from suspension to come into contention for a place in the starting XI, but the coach might opt not to make any changes to a winning team.

ANTWERP

  • Fourth-placed Antwerp drew 1-1 against Charleroi last time out and sit one place and two points ahead of Standard Liege in the league table going into this fixture.
  • A goal from Portuguese midfielder Ivo Rodrigues within the first 15 minutes gave them the advantage against Charleroi but they were unable to hold on to the lead with Shamar Nicholson levelling the match shortly into the second period.
  • Antwerp’s top scorer Dieumerci Mbokani has not scored in his last three matches but he will be a massive threat to the home team. He has a very good recent record in this fixture with a goal in each of the last five competitive meetings between the two teams.

THE PREDICTION

Standard Liege and Antwerp are both looking secure in the top six and will be targeting a strong end to the regular season to give them as many points as possible and confidence going into the play-offs. Their last meeting was in the cup in December when Antwerp triumphed 3-1 in Liege. Antwerp striker Dieumerci Mbokani scored in that game, and he has proven to be a nemesis for Liege having found the net in five consecutive matches against them and it would be no surprise if he registered another goal on this occasion in a narrow victory for the away team.

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