Antwerp vs Standard Liege
Belgian First Division A
Date: Friday, 25 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Bosuilstadion (Deurne).
Standard Liege kept their winning streak going in the first fixture of the year by beating Kortrijk 2-1 after a second-half comeback at Stade Maurice Dufrasne. The Reds actually had to dig hard to secure the fourth consecutive league win last weekend as Christian Luyindama bagged the match-winner in the first minute of the added time on the occasion.
Michel Preud’homme’s men now sit fourth in the league ladder and have a chance to overtake Antwerp who are two points away in third coming into the opening fixture of Matchday No 23. The visit to Bosuilstadion will represent quite a big test to Standard’s winning thread as they are up against an in-form opposition which also won two on the spin in First Division A.
Antwerp vs Standard Liege: Head-to-head
The Reds were more successful over the course of history as they lead the head to head tie by five wins coming into 21st meeting with Antwerp.
Nonetheless, Standard Liege are winless in last three ties with the Great Old.
Antwerp picked up a surprising 0-2 victory away at Stade Maurice Dufrasne when teams last met each other in early-November.
None of last three H2H affairs offered three or more goals.
Antwerp vs Standard Liege: Prediction
Antwerp easily went past penultimate-placed Zulte-Waregem in their maiden fixture of the year six days ago at Regenboogstadion. Dieumerci Mbokani and Lior Refaelov continued to shine as their goals secured a comfortable victory on the road.
The Great Old sit sky high third after 22 rounds of the competition and they will head into this in high spirits. However, the hosts were prone to conceding easy goals in recent home ties. They shipped six in last three home affairs in First Division A.
Given they are up against the in-form attacking line of Standard’s, we doubt the hosts will keep things tight at the back. Since Standard allowed at least a goal in five of past six league outings, backing goals at both ends is the best way to go here.
Antwerp vs Standard Liege: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.75 (3/4)
Draw @ 3.30 (23/10).