Genk vs Standard Liege
Belgian First Division A
Date: Friday, 8 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Luminus Arena (Genk).
Genk regained the nine-point cushion at the top of the First Division A standings after beating Waasland-Beveren 1-2 on the road last weekend. They thus instantly bounced back from a shocking home defeat to Royal Excel Mouscron on the previous Matchday. The Smurfs are now set to host in-form Standard Liege in the first game of 25th round on Friday at Luminus Arena.
It should be an entertaining tie between two of the strongest attacking lines in the division. The hosts boast league’s best attacking record with 55 goals scired in 24 rounds, while the visitors will come into this in the highest of spirits following an impressive thread of five wins and a draw in last six league outings.
The Reds dispatched Anderlecht 2-1 at home in last weekend’s derby. Paul-Jose M’Poku made the difference bagging the 89th-minute winner for team led by Michel Preud’homme.
Genk vs Standard Liege: Head-to-head
Standard were more successful over the course of history as they lead the head to head tie by 13 wins coming into 68th meeting with the Smurfs.
Genk, however, have a positive H2H record in front of the home crowd where they won 13, drew 12 and lost 8 of 33 ties with the Reds.
Teams shared spoils in a 1-1 draw when they met each other in late-October at Stade Maurice Dufrasne.
Genk vs Standard Liege: Prediction
Genk are by far the most consistent team in this term of First Division A. They won 16, drew 6 and lost only 2 of 24 league matches so far in the season. It is thus reasonable to see the bookies fancying them to win at 1.53 here, but we will rather back goals knowing the visitors have also been in good touch lately.
The Smurfs shipped as many as five goals in three league outings in 2019 and backing goals at both ends looks to be the best way to go here at 1.70 odds. You will hardly make a mistake going for the Over 2.5 goals FT pick at 1.60, while value-seekers will fancy the Home Win & BTTS option at 3.00.
Genk vs Standard Liege: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.70 (7/10)
Genk to win & BTTS @ 3.00 (2/1).