Our football match prediction:
Gent and Genk, the two Belgian outfits, face each other in the Europa League last 16. Gent claimed a major scalp in the last 32, with the team eliminating star-studded Premier League side Tottenham in the double-header and they seem to be on top of their game ahead of Thursday’s football match against their compatriots. De Buffalo’s did well to beat Mauro Pochettino’s team in their last home game in the Europa League and we predict that they will defeat Genk at their GHELAMCO-arena. De Smurfen, on the other hand, failed to impress in the double-header against Astra of Romania, but they eventually advanced to the last 16 of the competition. In their last meeting in Gent the hosts emerged triumphant and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. Jeremy Perbet found the net in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham and he is eager to add more goals to his account.
Highlighted Player (Jacob Rinne):
Jacob Rinne is a Swedish goalkeeper who plays for Belgium side Gent. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper played 73 league games for BK Forward before joining Orebro SK in 2013. After spending three years at the club he moved to Belgium in 2016, signing a deal with Gent. Jacob Rinne has one cap for Sweden U19 and he made three appearances for the U21 team. He made his debut for the first team on 10 January, 2016 in a 3-0 win over Finland. The match was played at Armed Forces Stadium in Abu Dabi and Jacob Rinne came as a substitute in the second half of the game. He managed to keep a clean sheet on his debut for the Swedish national team, but he failed to make the Euro 2016 squad. Rinne won the UEFA European U21 Championship with Sweden and that is considered the biggest achievement of his career. The Gent goalkeeper was born in Laxa, Sweden on 20 June, 1993.
Highlighted Team (RC Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators. Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013. The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.