Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A place in the Champions League group stages will be at stake when Gent and Dynamo Kiev face each other in the two-legged tie. Gent did well to beat Rapid Vienna in the previous qualifying round, with the team making amends for poor displays in the national championship. A man to watch in the home team will be Ukraine international Roman Yaremchuk, who found the net in the 2-1 win over Rapid. Dynamo Kiev, on the other hand, eliminated AZ Alkmaar in the 3rd qualifying round, with Luxembourg international Gerson Rodrigues once again proving his worth.
The Ukrainian side, though, are not regarded as good travellers, and seeing that Gent are tough to beat at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. When the two teams met in the Champions League qualifiers ten years ago Dynamo Kiev outplayed Gent, but share of spoils is on the cards this time out.
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.