Our prediction for this Belgium Pro League match:
Over the years Gent have established themselves as a top-table side in the Belgian Jupiler League. De Buffalo’s were sitting in the second position in the standings when the last season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and, as a result, they will represent Belgium in the Champions League qualifiers. Boss Ivan de Witte and his men have big ambitions for the new season, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at St. Truiden in the opener.
De Kanaries, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun in pre-season friendlies, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Gent. However, home win should not be considered as Gent chiefs did well to keep hold of key players in the transfer window. In their last encounter in the Jupiler League Gent outplayed St. Truiden 4-1, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Mikael Lustig):
Long-serving Celtic soldier Michael Lustig has been with The Bhoys since 2012. The Swedish international has made more than 140 appearances for the Scottish club. The experienced 29-year-old defender is also a full international for Sweden since 2008 and a member of his country’s team that has participated at the 2016 European Championship finals in France.
Internationally experienced defender also took part at Euro 2012 and his vast experience is of crucial importance for Celtic. Lustig began his career at Umea FC and had also played for GIF Sundsvall and Rosenborg BK before his move to Scotland.
Mikael Lusting has endured mixed fortunes throughout his four-year career with Celtic, predominantly due to various injury spells that kept him out of play. First choice for Celtic manager(s) whenever he is fully fit, the Swedish defender is praised for his hard work, stamina and physical ability, despite his most recent struggles with muscle injuries.
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.