Our football match prediction:
GHELAMCO-arena will host Thursday’s football match between Gent and Altach. Gent did remarkably well to eliminate Tottenam Hotspur in the Europa League knockout stages last term, but fellow Belgian outfit Genk eventually proved to be a big catch for De Buffalo’s. Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s charges are a real force to be reckoned with at home and despite the fact that Gent have yet to kick-off the new First Division campaign, we predict that they will beat the Austrian side in the first leg. Altach eliminated Dinamo Brest in the Europa League second qualifying round, but beating Gent on the road is easier said than done. The Belgian clubs have been playing a very important role in European competitions in the 21st century and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be Kalifa Coulibaly, who scored eight goals in the national championship last season.
Highlighted Player (Kalifa Coulibaly):
Kalifa Coulibaly is a Malian international who began his senior career at Paris Saint-Germain B. After spending four years at Parc des Princes, he moved to Charleroi in 2014 and the Malian striker scored seven goals in 31 league appearances for the Belgian outfit. At the end of the season he left the club, signing a contract with Gent and he has been playing for De Buffalo’s ever since. Kalifa Coulibaly made his Gent debut on 9 August, 2015 in a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht. He scored four goals in 24 league games for the club in the 2015/2016 season, picking up just one yellow card in the process. Coulibaly made his Mali debut on 15 October, 2013 in a 3-1 win over South Korea. He started the match from the bench, substituting Ousmane Coulibaly in the second half of the game. His contract with Gent expires on 30 June, 2019. Coulibaly’s main position is centre forward.
Highlighted Team (AA 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.