Friday 30 Mar

St. Liege vs Charleroi - Match Preview

29 Mar 2018 Ed Mackey BELGIUM: Pro League, Championship Round
BELGIUM: Pro League, Championship Round

Standard Liege

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W


18:30 GMT
30 March 2018

Royal Charleroi SC

  • D
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L

18:30 GMT 30 March 2018

There’s no rest bite over Easter weekend for European sides especially after the final international break of the season. In Belgium, the Pro League weekend begins on Friday night with Standard Liège facing Charleroi. The season has broken into the play-offs now and sees six teams fight it out for the title. Friday sees the first of those games while the other four kick off their play-off campaigns on Sunday and Monday.


  • Some would see Standard Liège as lucky to secure a play-off place but now that they’re in the hunt, the 10-time Belgian champions have the character to challenge for their 11th title. They’re in decent form, unbeaten in their last six and are looking to make it three consecutive wins. They beat Genk 1-0 in extra-time in their last match to win the Belgian Cup.
  • Charleroi have had a very good season and after finishing 3rd in the table, they will be hoping to push for their first ever title. However, they are without a win in seven matches and after drawing six of them, it’s worrying that are struggling to turn one point into three. They were beaten last time out against seventh-placed Kortrijk, the 2-0 loss was evidence that they had taken their foot off the gas.
  • Portuguese forward, Orlando Sá is leading the line for Standard this term. With 10 goals, he was their leading scorer after 30 games.
  • Kaveh Rezaei has been even better for Charleroi and has been their main goal-scoring force. He has two more than Sá with 12 league goals.


A win for Charleroi on Friday night would break a duct of seven without a win against Standard Liège. Three of the last four meetings between the sides have been draws including the last one just over a month ago as both teams’ top scorers were on target in a 1-1 stalemate. Both teams have scored in two of the last five games and with just two goals in the two fixtures this term, it isn’t a game that produces bags of goals.


It would be a perfect start to the play-offs if Standard were able to record a victory in front of their own fans. With no absentees, they’ll be confident of providing a vital three points.

Latest matches: Standard Liege

17.03.2018 Beke KRC Genk Standard Liege 0:1 W
11.03.2018 Firs KV Oostende Standard Liege 2:3 W
03.03.2018 Firs Standard Liege Yellow-Red KV Mechelen 3:2 W
25.02.2018 Firs Standard Liege Club Brugge 1:1 D
18.02.2018 Firs Royal Charleroi SC Standard Liege 1:1 D


An away win would be priceless and would take Charleroi top of the table before the other sides have played. Like the hosts, they don’t need to worry about any injuries to their first-team players.

Latest matches: Royal Charleroi SC

11.03.2018 Firs KV Kortrijk Royal Charleroi SC 2:0 L
03.03.2018 Firs Royal Charleroi SC St. Truidense VV 0:0 D
24.02.2018 Firs Yellow-Red KV Mechelen Royal Charleroi SC 1:1 D
18.02.2018 Firs Royal Charleroi SC Standard Liege 1:1 D
11.02.2018 Firs Royal Charleroi SC Sporting Lokeren 1:1 D


With two strong Belgian sides locking horns to kick off the play-off season, it couldn’t be much closer. Charleroi finished higher in the regular season however their recent form, especially away from home, is poor. They haven’t scored in their last two matches nor have they won any of their last four away fixtures so Standard will be seen as slight favourites.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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