Our prediction for this Champions League match:
There will be fireworks at Ghelamco Arena when Gent and Rapid Wien go head to head in the Champions League third qualifying round. Gent have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the new Jupiler League campaign, but they are still seen as favourites to win Tuesday’s qualifier. The Austrian vice-champions, on the other hand, kicked off the new Austrian Bundesliga campaign at the weekend, meaning that the lack of match sharpness could prove to be a big problem for them.
Gent defeated Mechelen 1-0 in their last home game in the Belgian top flight, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on De Buffalo’s. Even though the likes of De Bruyn and Odjidja-Ofoe are likely to miss the Champions League qualifier through injury, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts.
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 (Rapid Vienna):
Rapid Wien are considered the most successful club in the history of Austrian football. In 2008 the capital club won their 32th domestic title and in 1995 they clinched their 15th Austrian Cup trophy. Die Grun-Weissen were founded back in 1898 as Erster Wiener Arbeiter-Fussball-Club and one year later the club was renamed to Sportklub Rapid Wien.
In 1904 the club’s colours were changed to green and white and they have been wearing green and white shirts ever since. In 1985 Rapid made it to the Cup Winners Cup final and it has to be noted that they participated in the final competition in 1996 as well. Famous German footballer Lothar Matthaus was in charge of the team between September 2001 and May 2002, but he failed to record a good result with the Weststadion outfit.
Weststadion has been the home ground of Rapid Wien since 16 July, 2016 and you should bear in mind that the capacity of the stadium is 28 000. Rapid’s fiercest rivals are Austria Wien.