A fortunate turn of events presented Xanthi Skoda with the chance to compete for Europa League spot, but the Greeks have Standard Liege blocking their way. The Belgian team won the first leg away from home and are overwhelming favorites to replicate that performance in Belgium.
Bet: Standard Liege -1.5 Goals
Odds: Bet365 1.88
Standard Liege won six consecutive games and scored 18 goals, which is hardly a surprise given the fact that they constantly field three strikers. Ezekiel, Camargo and Batshuayi will feature from the very beginning, but the player to watch for tonight is midfielder Mujangi Bia. He scored a hat trick in the last domestic championship game and found his way to the net against Xanthi as well, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Belgian player would score again.
The visitors have lost faith in their chances of advancing to the next stage and quite frankly they have virtually no reason to be optimistic. Before going down by two goals to one against Standard Liege, Xanthi were winless in six games and needed overtime to advance at the expense of Linfield. The modest team from Northern Ireland gave them a run for their money and highlighted the fragility of the Greek team’s defense. Xanthi will travel to Belgium more concerned about limiting the proportions of the score and with two veteran players suspended as a result of seeing red cards.
There is no pressure on Standard Liege’s players and in front of a packed stadium, they have all the reasons to put up a convincing performance. Punters can take advantage of this positive context by wagering on the hosts to win by two goals or more with Bet365 at odds of 1.88.