Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Out-of-sorts Breidablik will look to put an end to their three-game losing run in Group B when they take on Gent at Kopavogsvollur. Two weeks ago Breidablik were hammered by Gent (0-5) in Belgium and, no doubt, the Icelanders are hungry for revenge. Midfielder Patrik Johannesen remains in the recovery room, but there are no fresh injury concerns for the home team.
De Buffalo’s, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late and given Breidablik’s difficulties at the back, we predict that the visitors are going to record yet another win over the Icelanders. Hein Vanhaezebrouck has a full squad to choose from, except for forward Laurent Depoitre, who remains on the sidelines with an Achilles tendon problem. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Morocco international Tarik Tissoudali, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late.
Highlighted Player (Sven Kums):
Belgian defender Sven Kums began his youth career at Dilbeek Sport and in 1996 he joined Anderlecht. Despite spending seven years at the club, he did not see any game action with the Belgian giants at senior level. After ending his loan spells with the likes of Lierse and Kortrijk, he signed a permanent deal with de Kerels in 2008.
The 176-cm-tall midfielder, who was born on 26 February, 1988, scored 12 goals in 116 league appearances for Kortrijk and in 2011 he moved to Netherlands, signing a contract with Heerenveen. In 2013 he returned to Belgium, joining Zulte Waregem.
In the summer of 2014 he moved to fellow Belgian outfit Gent and at the end of the 2015/2016 season he signed a loan deal with Udinese. Kums has 12 caps for Belgium U21 and it has to be noted that his father Ludo Kums is working as a coach at Anderlecht. Sven Kums is a centre midfielder, but he plays as both attacking midfielder and defensive midfielder as well.
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.