Having turned things around in the new year, mainly by scoring a lot more goals, St. Liege disappointed last weekend, as they drew 1-1 at Charleroi. On the face of it, such a result isn’t the end of the world, but manager Ricardo Sá Pinto will have been displeased with the lacklustre attacking effort of his men for most of the contest, though the fact that they did get themselves back into the game with ten men will have been seen as a positive. However, getting a player sent off in the first place, for the second week running, certainly won’t.
Club Brugge also faltered last weekend, as they drew 2-2 at home with Genk. Having been let off by the visitors missing a penalty, it looked as though Club Brugge would stutter their way to another victory, though they were unable to hold on. In truth, Ivan Leko’s men didn’t deserve to win that match and the overall level of their performances has certainly dropped in recent weeks. They remain a threat going forward, but things have very much gone awry defensively.
Brugge’s assault on the Belgian title, which they are still highly likely to lift come the end of the season, may have slowed down slightly of late, but, as mentioned above, they remain a force to be reckoned with offensively. At the prices, with St. Liege likely to make this an open encounter by getting forward, the bet that stands out is ‘Club Brugge to Score Over 1.5 Goals’.
The visitors continue to be a threat going forward and they ought to appreciate the likely open nature of this fixture. As the top scorers in Belgium, with no less than 64 goals to their name, Ivan Leko’s men have overpowered most defences. It’s no coincidence that Brugge have notched at least twice in five of their last seven league matches. Considering Liege’s recent defensive record, the visitors will fancy their chances of causing the hosts several problems.
Like Brugge, St. Liege have also declined defensively of late. This has been down to a new-found attacking philosophy. The switch of tactics has worked in one respect, as Sá Pinto’s men have started to score a lot more goals. However, they’ve looked far more open and have been conceding more than their fair share. Liege have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last seven and have conceded at least twice in five of those. Keeping this in mind, it’s easy to feel that the possibility of Brugge striking twice on Sunday is greater than the odds suggest.
Head To Head
Just one win is all St. Liege can show for their efforts in this fixture of late, as they’ve lost three of the last five renewals. However, Sunday’s hosts did knock Club Brugge out of the Belgian Cup recently and will likely take plenty of confidence from that fact.
Standard Liege vs Club Brugge Stats
- Club Brugge have failed to score in just 11% of their Belgian Pro League matches this season.
- Club Brugge have scored at least twice in 78% of their Belgian Pro League matches this season.