The Belgian First Division, also known as the Jupiler League, kicks off on Friday. The league will throw up a fantastic clash to kick off of the campaign with Standard Liege hosting Genk at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne. For the second straight season, the Belgian First Division will feature 18 teams rather than 16. It will also see just one team automatically relegated to the Second Division.

Standard Liege vs Genk Match Preview

Neither Standard Liege nor Genk troubled the top of the table in 2020-21. The clubs will aim to put up more of a fight for the league championship throughout the campaign. Genk finish fourth in the table at the end of the 2020-21 regular season. They secured 56 points from 34 matches.

Twenty points separated Genk from league winners Club Brugge. Although Genk finished second in the regular season, they ended the Championship playoff round in second thanks to the difficult to understand, convoluted Belgian First Division playoffs.

Standard Liege, on the other hand, finished in sixth place. They secured 50 points from 34 matches and competed in the Europa League playoffs. The team did not qualify for European competition, however. Standard Liege and Genk will both hope to get the season started with a win on Friday at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.

Standard Liege vs Genk Betting Odds

 

 

Genk have the best betting odds going into the game on Friday night at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne. The club, who went through four managers in 2020-21, are at betting odds of 13/10 to claim a matchday 1 win. John van den Brom will hope to be in the job for longer than his predecessors.

 

Van den Brom took control of the club in November of 2020 to guide them to a fourth-place regular season finish. Genk will enter the Champions League at the third qualifying round in August thanks to their second-place finish to the First Division’s playoffs.

Standard Liege best betting odds for the match versus Genk are at 15/8. The Reds will hope to bounce back from an overly disappointing campaign in 2020-21. Like Genk, Standard Liege changed managers last term as Mbaye Leye took change in December following the dismissal of Philippe Montainer. Belgian football clubs do not mess around with managers and are ready to sack coaches after a run of poor form.

Standard Liege accumulated the First Division’s third-most draws in 2020-21. They managed 11 stalemates. The clubs are at betting odds of 5/2 to draw on Friday night to kick off the season.

Standard Liege vs Genk Team News

Standard Liege were banned by the Belgian FA from transfers this season. The club’s financial issues prevented them from showing the Belgian FA they were capable of paying player wages, social security contributions, insurance premiums, federal debts and taxes. The ban was lifted last week, however. The club are now able to sign new players, but may not have much time to negotiate with new personnel.

Selim Amallah led Standard Liege in goals last term with nine in 24 Belgian First Division matches. Unfortunately for manager Leye, Amallah is a doubt for the game following a case of coronavirus. Amallah sat out the team’s recent friendly with France’s Rennes. The game ended 3-3. Although Amallah tested negative, he is still not fully fit. Hugo Siquet, who is a target of France’s Lille, is a doubt with a thigh strain. There is further doubt around Mehdi Carcela, Maxime Lestienne and Noe Dussenne.

Genk have agreed a transfer for Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo. Despite being agreed, Ugbo is unlikely to be ready to play by the weekend. Meanwhile, Genk are set to sell Jere Uronen to France’s Brest. Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu led Genk in scoring last term with 29 goals in 33 First division games. He should lead the line on Friday. However, the latest reports out of West Ham are that Onuachu could be signed this summer.

Standard Liege vs Genk H2H

Despite Genk being bookies best betting odds favourites to win on Friday night, their recent record versus Standard Liege has been poor. Just one of their last six matches against Standard Liege ended in a victory. That win came last season in the Belgian Cup, a competition that Genk won.

Standard Liege are unbeaten in the last four First Division matches against Genk. They drew both matches last season with the scores ending nil-nil and 2-2.

Standard Liege vs Genk Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 8/13 - BET NOW

 

 

Our prediction for Friday night’s game between Standard Liege and Genk is that both sides will score goals. Five of the last nine matches between these clubs in all competitions finished with both teams scoring. Our betting tips for the game include both teams scoring, which occurred in each of their last two matches.

 

Paul Onuachu to score anytime

Paul Onuachu had a brilliant 2020-21 campaign. He scored 29 league goals and bagged another six in playoff and cup tournaments. Last season, Onuachu failed to score in two matches versus Standard Liege. Our prediction is that the Nigerian striker will get a goal versus the Reds.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 8/11 - BET NOW

 

 

Genk played the Belgian Super Cup last weekend, losing 3-2 to 2020-21 First Division champions Club Brugge. It was a stellar match with both teams finding the back of the net and over 2.5 goals scored. Could we see more of the same this weekend when Standard Liege and Genk meet? Our betting tips believe so as these teams are likely to combine for over 2.5 goals on opening day.

 

Their last two matches finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Five of the last 10 matches between the clubs in all competitions finished with more than 2.5 goals tallied. Our prediction is a Genk win over Standard Liege. Genk are coming off a far more successful 2020-21 and played the Belgian Super Cup next season. With Standard Liege having some financial issues and potential player injuries, our prediction is a Genk win to start the campaign.