Standard Liege unable to break down toothless Westerlo

Standard Liege were left frustrated on Friday night after a 0-0 draw with bottom of the table Westerlo. The side at the basement of the Belgian Pro League were able to pick up just their second point of the season in a game where they threatened little. Despite spending over €16m on new signings, Westerlo were only able to muster up a measly 37% of the ball and an xG of 0.19. The side move up to second bottom above Kortrijk on games won until the Kerels face Charleroi on Saturday afternoon.

For Standard, they were hoping to build on their first victory of the season against Eupen. Despite dominating the ball and having 14 shots, five of which were on target, they could not find the back of the net. They were wasteful with what they did create, barely testing Sinan Bolat in the Westerlo goal. The Turkish keeper had replaced Nick Gilekens between the posts, with the 28-year-old Belgian having started the previous four games. Gilikens had been guilty of a few errors in previous matches, so it was not surprise that Jonas De Roeck turned to the more experienced Bolat.

Whether or not De Roeck can survive another winless weekend remains to be seen. They face an even tougher test next Sunday when they travel to Genk, a side with ambitions of winning the title.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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