Tonight at 20h30: Standard - Club Brugge

20h30 tonight is kick-off of Club Brugge's game in hand at Sclessin. Read all about it here.

Krépin Diatta is up for a 50th official appearance at Club! The 20 year old winger has been at Jan Breydel since 2018, and has become one of the mainstays in the West-Flemish outfit. Last Summer, he was elected best young player at the Africa Cup of Nations, joining Senegal as they narrowly lost out on the final win against Algeria (0-1). Diatta is having a great run this season, and his stats go to show, scoring six and offering four.

In the Summer of 2018, Maxime Lestienne made the move to Standard de Liège where he met up with Michel Preud’homme. From 2010 to 2014, the 27 year old winger wore the Club Brugge jersey, with a few months under the reign of the now Standard coach. A period of success at Jan Breydel was followed up with an adventure abroad, seeing Lestienne show his skills at Al-Arabi, Genoa, PSV Eindhoven (winning the league title in 2016), Rubin Kazan and Malaga. With seven league goals so far, Lestienne is Les Rouches' top scorer.

Mr. Lawrence Visser will be handling the whistle at Sclessin, joined by his linesmen Mr. Thibaud Nijssen and Mr. Jo De Weirdt, while Mr. Wim Smet will be fourth official. In charge of VAR will be Mr. Nicolas Laforge.

A narrow but hard-earned victory at the hands of Antwerp richer, Blauw-Zwart wants to continue along its positive line with a win at Standard. Ever a tough away game, Club has only been able to claim the full loot at Standard on one occasion in the past six encounters, with two draws and three defeats as other results. The game at Jan Breydel ended in a 1-1 draw after a tight game. Early on, Samuel Bastien made the most of a rare bad pass in defense, but David Okereke managed to equalise just after half time. Club had a number of chances to make it a win, but without result. No Dennis in Philippe Clement's outfit tonight, having conceded a fifth yellow against Antwerp. No other players are in the yellow danger area at Sclessin. With Obbi Oularé and Maxime Lestienne as players, and Michel Preud’homme, Eric Deflandre, Jan Van Steenberghe, Renaat Philippaerts and Stan Van den Buijs in their staff, Standard harbours plenty of people once holding a candle for Bruges.

Standard currently holds fifth spot with 41 points, and has quite the home reputation to live up to, reaping 26 out of 36 possible points so far. At Sclessin, les Rouches beat Zulte Waregem (4-0), Mouscron (4-1), KV Kortrijk (2-1), Eupen (3-0), Genk (1-0), Waasland-Beveren (2-0), Cercle Brugge (2-1) and KV Ostend (2-1). Points were lost against Charleroi (1-1), Anderlecht (1-1), KV Mechelen (1-2) and AA Gent (0-1). During the Winter mercato, Paul-José Mpoku (Al-Wahda), Renaud Emond (FC Nantes) and Anthony Limbombe (back to his home team FC Nantes) all headed for different pastures, while only Eden Shamir (ex Hapoel Beer Sheva) came in on the in side. Coach Michel Preud’homme's team is still fighting its way towards a Play-Off 1 ticket, so the three points against Club Brugge would definitely be extremely welcome.

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