The structure of the Belgian Pro League makes it more important how the best teams perform in the championship playoff, than throughout the regular season. Nevertheless, Standard Liege needs to get that far first and for the time being they are barely holding on to the sixth and final qualifying place.
Match: Standard Liege vs Germinal
Bet: Standard Liege -1.5 goals
Odds: Bet365 1.70
With one game in hand they have an excellent opportunity of overtaking Genk, and tonight they also face an opponent that seems doomed to relegate at the end of the season. In fact, the only thing that keeps Germinal’s hopes alive is the fact that the other teams struggling in the relegation area are equally bad. The visitors won a single game in the last 15 matches but those three points weigh heavily in the balance because they were secured against Lierse.
Tonight their mission couldn’t be easier, as the only thing on their mind is not to concede an early goal that will send them spinning to a wide margin defeat. Germinal usually plays with a 4-4-2 formation but tonight they will have a real problem in finding suitable replacements for Decker and Ozturk. Both of them are serving a suspension due to collecting red cards and without them, the midfield will be even more permeable.
The hosts have the motivation, an excellent home pitch advantage and the better squad to secure victory against the reeling Beerschot. It is enough to take a look at the way previous meetings have ended, to conclude that this is going to be a lopsided game. Punters don’t have too many choices these days when most championships are in recess, so they should settle for odds of 1.70 offered by Bet365 to those who back Standard to cover the -1.5 goals spread.