Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Gent play host to Pogon Szczecin at their Ghelamco Arena in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of round 3. Gent rolled over Zilina 10-3 on aggregate to set up a meeting with Pogon and they must be high on confidence following six consecutive wins in all competitions (including friendlies). Experienced forward Laurent Depoitre should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Poles, on the other hand, aim to build on the triumph over Linfield, but seeing that Gent have turned their stadium into a real fortress, we predict that Jens Gustafsson’s troops are going to return home empty-handed. As for the away team, there are no fresh injury worries as they were not in action in the national championship at the weekend. Gent defenders should have Greece forward Efthymios Koulouris at bay as the 27-year-old is on a four-game goalscoring run.
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.