Standard Liege vs Lokeren
Belgian First Division A
Date: Friday, 15 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Stade Maurice Dufrasne (Liege).
Standard Liege dropped down to 4th place in the First Division A ladder after a 2-0 defeat away at Genk last weekend. It was a loss which definitely moved Les Rouges away from title challenge as Genk are now nine points clear off the second-placed Club Brugge and as many as twelve above fourth-placed Standard.
Nevertheless, the second place and runners-up finish is still up for grabs as Michel Preud’homme’s squad is only three points shy of reigning champions Club Brugge. Standard Liege generally got off to a fine start to the year after the winter break. They won two and drew one of three league games before the mentioned loss to Genk seven days ago.
The hosts have a great opportunity to rebound right away as they will play the rock-bottomed Lokeren side in the first game of Matchday No 26 on Friday at Stade Maurice Dufrasne.
Standard Liege vs Lokeren: Head-to-head
The head to head record also completely favours the hosts here.
Standard Liege won five and drew one of last six encounters against Tricolores.
Les Rouges bagged six goals without any response in past two encounters against Lokeren.
Standard Liege vs Lokeren: Prediction
The visitors sit at the very foot of the league standings in spite of last round’s home win over Antwerp. Such result came as a big upset since Tricolores were previously on a five-loss streak in First Division A. They recently appointed Glen De Boeck as the new head coach. Can he inspire the team towards another shock here against Standard?
Chances for such scenario are super slim, though. Lokeren have by far the worst away record in the competition. They took only two points from twelve games on the road so far in the season. Knowing about Standard’s fine form at the beginning of the year as well as the fact they have a fine home record of 8 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat, we have to go with a comprehensive home win as the main betting prediction here.
Standard Liege vs Lokeren: Bet Tips
HT/FT Standard Liege/Standard Liege @ 1.80 (4/5)
Standard Liege -1.5 handicap @ 1.90 (9/10).