Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Gent play host to Kortrijk at their Ghelamco Arena in the opening match of the season. Gent were scoring goals for fun in pre-season friendlies and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win the opener. New signings Tsuyoshi Watanabe and Ismael Kandouss are likely to make their Gent debuts against Kortrijk, while centre-back Joseph Okumu joined Ligue 1 side Stade Reims.
De Kerels, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Beerschot VA, with the team beating Volendam in their last warm-up game, but they will have a mountain to climb in Sunday’s encounter. Considering that Gent have turned their stadium into a real fortress, we predict that the visiting team will return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the away team will be Algeria midfielder Abdelkahar Kadri, who has a deal with Kortrijk until June 30, 2026.
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.