Standard Liege vs Benfica
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 10 December 2020
Kick-Off at 17.55 UK
Venue: Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege.
The only remaining question in Europa League Group D is if Benfica or Glasgow Rangers are going to end up first. Standard Liege and Lech Poznan are without any chance to compete for the playoffs, so we might see lack of competitiveness in Belgium on Thursday night.
The Eagles are coming at Maurice Dufrasne Stadium without any pressure, so it’s very likely to see a lot of reserve players on the pitch, maybe even some youngsters. It’s fair to say that hosts might be more motivated, as victory in UEFA Europa League nets some decent financial reward. All in all, bookies are heavily backing Benfica to win the match at 1.57 odds.
Standard Liege vs Benfica Head-to-head
It took some time for Benfica to break Standard’s defense in the first head to head match played in 2nd Round. It took 50 minutes to score the first goal from penalty shot by Pizzi. Later on Waldschmidt and once again Pizzi secured an easy points for Portuguese side.
Benfica played against Belgium teams 20 times in the past and overall record has been very solid – 12 wins, four draws and four losses.
Standard also have decent stats against Primeira Liga squads – four wins, four draws and three losses.
Standard Liege vs Benfica Prediction
Hosts have spent a lot of time sitting in top 3 spots of Belgium First Division A this season. However, recent streak of four straight draws have pushed them to 5th place with 25 points total. Luckily, other title contenders are just four points away, so nothing is lost just yet. Keeping a clean sheet has been in issue – Standard have secured their net in just one out of the last seven duels across competitions.
There are plenty of rising stars within the roster this season. The biggest one is 19-years old striker Michel Balikwisha who scored three goals in nine domestic appearances. As mentioned above, Benfica might come to Liege with reserve squad, so we don’t recommend going with away win bet. Backing goals instead is way safer approach.
Standard Liege vs Benfica Bet Tips
Both teams to score & Over 2.5 goals @ 1.95
Both teams to score in the first half @ 4.00.