Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at GHELAMCO-arena pits together Gent and Konyaspor. The Belgians shared the spoils with Sporting Braga in their opener, whilst the Turkish outfit suffered a 1-0 loss to Konyaspor in front of home fans. Gent sit in fourth position in the Belgian Pro League table and they will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Sint-Truiden when they square off against Konyaspor on Thursday evening. Aykut Kocaman’s men have been struggling in front of goal of late and considering that they scored no more than one goal in previous three games in all competitions, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. It has to be noted that Gent recorded five wins in previous six home matches in the Europa League and, taking everything into account, the hosts are likely to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football game.
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 (Konyaspor):
Konyaspor are a Turkish football club that was founded in 1922 and reformed in 1981. The Anatolian Eagle play their home games in green and white shirts and white shorts, with the team wearing green kits on the travels. Konyaspor play their home games at Torku Arena Konya and the capacity of the stadium is 42 276 and is totally covered. It has to be noted that club secure promotion to the Turkish top flight in 1988 after winning the TFF First League. Konyaspor finished the 2015/2016 Turkish Super Lig in third place in the standings, 13 points behind champions Besiktas and they secured automatic qualification to the Europa League group stages. The Torku Arena Konya outfit were drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Gent and Sporting Braga in Group H. The Turkish team, though, failed to impress in their first ever match in the European competition as they were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk (0-1) at home ground.