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Standard Liege and Genk kick off the new Belgian First Division A season on Friday night at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne. Read our free predictions and find the latest odds for the game below in our detailed match preview.
Standard Liege vs Genk – Free Betting Tips & Predictions
Two of last season’s top six teams meet on the opening day of the new campaign in Belgium when Standard Liege host Genk. Read our top three expert predictions for Friday’s First Division A fixture below.
- Both Teams to Score
- Team Goals
- Over 1.5 Genk Team Goals
- Anytime Goalscorer
- Theo Bongonda
- Odds not yet available
The odds presented here are always subject to change. One should check with the bookmaker before placing the bet. These odds are provided by William Hill, our recommended bookmaker for the big game.
Both Teams to Score
Both Standard Liege and Genk were among the most reliable goal-scoring outfits in Belgium last season and we expect both clubs to get on the scoresheet in Friday’s season opener. Standard failed to register in only six of their 34 league fixtures in 2020/21, while Genk found the net in 30 of their 34 top-tier matches. It’s also worth noting that both teams notched in each of the last two encounters between Liege and Genk, and we expect that pattern to continue this week.
Over 1.5 Genk Team Goals
Only champions Club Brugge scored more often than Genk last term and De Smurfen should be just as potent in 2021/22 after they managed to hold on to their most prized assets in attack. Genk – who averaged 1.97 goals per 90 minutes last season – scored twice in each of their two skirmishes with Standard Liege and they are priced generously to repeat the trick on Friday.
Theo Bongonda to Score Anytime
Genk star Theo Bongonda bagged an impressive 16 goals last season and the 25-year-old is already up and running for the 2021/22 campaign thanks to his Super Cup effort against Club Brugge on July 17. Bongonda scored for Genk when they last visited Standard Liege in April and the confident finisher is among the prime candidates to make a similar impact on Friday.
Standard Liege vs Genk: Match Preview
Standard Liege achieved a noteworthy 6th place finish in Belgium last season in manager Mbaye Leye’s first year in charge and the Reds should be firmly in the mix of European qualification places again in 2021/22. Standard had a modest transfer window between seasons, though the loss of promising defender Zinho Vanheusden to Italian giants Inter Milan was a blow.
Genk followed up their 4th place finish in the regular 2021/22 season with a superb performance in the Championship Round where they beat eventual winners Club Brugge twice, and their displays against the division’s top sides suggests are capable of mounting a title challenge this term under John van den Brom. Winger Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye – who claimed 11 assists in the Netherlands last year – looks an interesting summer capture from Willem II.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for Standard Liege vs Genk
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Standard Liege vs Genk Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will the match be played at?
Friday’s game will be played at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne in Liege.
When does this fixture kick off?
The match will kick-off at 20:45 CET (GMT +1) on July 23.
Who won the last meeting between these clubs?
Genk won 2-1 at Standard Liege when the teams last met in a cup clash in April.