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Mons may struggle to make a big impact; FOOTBALL.

Byline: Dan Childs

STANDARD LIEGE v MONS 7.30pm STANDARD LIEGE are unbeaten in 16 home matches since the start of the season and shouldn't have too many problems overcoming mid-table Mons at the Maurice Dufrasne Stadium tonight, writes Dan Childs.

It has been a slightly frustrating campaign for Standard, who got off to a sticky start - winning three of their opening eight games - and have struggled to get back into contention.

They climbed into fourth after Sunday's 0-0 draw at home to Westerlo but are still 14 points adrift of leaders Anderlecht and five behind second-placed Gent.

Scoring goals has been the Reds' problem - their 29-goal league tally is the lowest of the top four clubs - but they have defended with discipline, especially on home soil where they have conceded just six goals in 11 topflight games and none in four Europa League ties.

Head coach Jose Riga will target more clean sheets before the end of the season and a shutout may be on the cards against Mons, who have scored just once on their last six visits to the venue.

Mons have oscillated between the top two divisions in recent years - suffering relegations in 2005 and 2009 - but have acquitted themselves impressively since last season's promotion.

They have offered a threat up front thanks largely to French striker Jeremy Perbet, scorer of 16 of their 38 league goals, but the ninth-placed side have notched just 13 goals in ten away league games and may struggle to make an impact against one of the league's strongest defences.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 26, 2012
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