Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Antwerp and Gent take on each other at Bosuilstadion in what is expected to be a close Jupiler League encounter. Antwerp are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in the national championship, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s clash. Manuel Benson is pushing for a start, while defender Ritchie De Laet returns from suspension. Gent, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Cercle Brugge.
The visitors have been climbing the standings week by week, and a win over Antwerp will see them move closer to the playoffs berth. Since Gent will go for a triumph on Sunday’s showdown as well, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Both Bruno and Hjulsager are rated doubtful for the game, while Denmark international Hjulsager remains in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Lior Refaelov):
Lior Refaelov is an Israeli footballer playing as an attacking midfielder for the Belgium giants with whom he has been a mainstay since his arrival in 2011. Rafaelov began his career at Maccabi Haifa where he played 161 league appearances and scored 30 goals before moving to Belgium.
The experienced 30-year-old Israel international has made his senior debut for his country in 2007 and has since earned over 30 caps for Israel. Lior Rafaelov is a player of vast international experience despite the fact Club Brugge are his first and so far only club in Europe.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder is a major force upfront who has scored six times during Brugge’s Europa League campaign in 2014-15, while he also scored the winner in the Belgian Cup final to earn his club a first trophy in eight years. Last season Rafaleov repeated the feat, having scored in the 2016 Belgian Cup Final, but it wasn’t enough for Club Brugge to avoid getting defeated 2-1 to Standard Liege.
Highlighted Team (Gent):
Gent are a Belgian football club that plays their home games at Ghelamco Arena. The venue has been the club’s home ground since 2013 and the capacity of the stadium is 20 000. De Buffalo’s participate in the Belgian Pro League and they clinched their first domestic trophy in the 2014/2015 season.
Gent finished the regular part of the season in second place in the standings, but they eventually climbed to the top position in the table in the play-off. The club won their third Belgian Cup trophy in 2010 and it has to be noted that they defeated Club Brugge in the Belgian Super Cup in 2015. Laurent Depoitre scored the winner for Gent three minutes before the final whistle.
A number of top-class players were part of the team in the past and the likes of Victor Fernandez, Johan Boskamp, Bob Peeters, Trond Sollied and Michel Preud’homme are some of notable footballers who played for Gent in the past.