Standard Liege vs Royal Antwerp
Belgium – Playoff Championship
Date: Friday, 29th March 2019
Kick-off at 19.30 UK/ 20.30 CET
Venue: Stade Maurice Dufrasne (Liège).
The first game of the Championship group playoffs in the Jupiler League pits Standard Liege against Antwerp. Both of them have had their points from the regular season halved and then rounded up to the next whole digit. They will have to deal with the half-point coming into play should ties arise at the end of the playoffs.
Keeping in mind that fact, Liege will have to take advantage of their home games, especially the ones against the teams lower in the table. The likes of Genk, Brugge etc already have a healthy lead at the top, and taking into account their form, it’s only going to increase. For Antwerp, the major objective will be to ensure Europa League qualification and to thwart Gent’s challenge from below.
Standard Liege vs Royal Antwerp Head-to-head (h2h)
- Three of the last five games had goals from both teams.
- Five of the last six wins belong to Liege.
- Three of the last four wins at this venue were recorded by the same team as well.
- Four of the last seven matches at this stadium also had goals coming from either direction.
Standard Liege vs Royal Antwerp Prediction
The teams have just thirty more points to play for in the season, and if previous editions of the playoffs are any indication, draws usually don’t give much edge to the teams. Every single team will have to play for three points in the ten fixtures.
For Liege, a jump to a single spot higher will open doors to the Champions League, rather than the less-prestigious Europa. For sure, the team will be gunning Brugge’s spot in the table. The first game of the playoffs is an ideal setting for them to chase the aim.
The team is unbeaten in their last ten home ties and recorded nine wins from these ten matches. They were also unvanquished in 20 of their last 22 fixtures at home. Meanwhile, Antwerp lost four of their last six match-ups and had just a win in their six games. They are also winless in their last three attempts on the road.
Expect the hosts to take the win in the opener.
Liege’s last five home ties had the BTTS option checked, and so did 16 of their last 22 at home. Antwerp found the back of the net in 18 of their last 23 away ties, and in their last three at this venue.
Coupled to this, consider the need for these teams to win. There’s little incentive in going after a draw, and for the reason, the game will be furiously competitive. Expect goals from both the teams.
Standard Liege vs Royal Antwerp Betting Tips
Standard Liege to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.80 (4/5).