Waasland Beveren vs Standard Liege
Waasland Beveren looked generally poor for the most of their season opening game against Waregem. They entered the clash slowly and were down already in the fourth minute with a goal from Faik. Their performance didn't improve much at the start of the second halftime either, as the hosts doubled up the lead in the 64th minute via Harbaoui.
However, as the time progressed they were more and more threatening and it paid off for them. Once they conceded the second goal, it was obvious that they need to risk more and the team was lucky to get the point, in the end, thanks to two goals in last ten minutes. Of course that the players of Waregem could have finished the game better, but somehow stopped playing seriously once they had the lead.
Boljevic scored a goal in 85th minute, while Vukotic leveled up in the third minute of added time and there was no time left for the home team to respond back. Offensive Tuur Dierckx is long term absentee with a knee problem. Central defender Valtteri Moren is doubtful with an injury, but also didn't play in the first round either.
Standard Liege has one more offical game than their rivals, as the team played Super Cup game against Club Brugge before the start of the season. It needs to be said that they were very competitive in that match but lost it due to a poor ending of the first halftime when the favorited team from Brugge got the double lead.
As for the season opening game in the Jupiler League, they looked quite compact in a 3:2 victory against also a very good visiting side of Gent. The home team took the lead in the tenth minute via Djenepo, in a very open first halftime. The guests found a way to level up during the additional time via Yaremchuk, while the home team responded with even better performance in the repetition.
M'Poku brought them back into the lead in the 59th minute from the penalty kick with the players of Standard continuing to be better. Emond scored his season first goal in 78th minute for the double lead. Visitors did reduce in 82nd minute via Limbombe, but that was all from them in the first round. Overall, it was a very exciting game and a fair victory for Standard. All of their players should be ready for this one.
- Last three mutual matches have ended with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
Standard has the quality to get the victory here and they do score easier than in previous season. At least that would be the first impression. However, the home team comes from a morale boosting achievement and is also far away from a naive side. They too have shown that they can score goals. Another open game and very exciting one is expected from the players of Standard.
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Waasland Beveren vs Standard Liege prediction
Both teams to score & Over 2.5 goals @ 2.10 with Bet365