Our football match prediction:
Rheindorf Altach kicked off their Austrian Bundesliga campaign with a thrilling 3-0 win over Austria Wien and, to make things even better for the fans, they did well to play out a 1-1 draw with Gent in Belgium in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The match was pretty open and it has to be noted that Gent had 20 goal attempts (8 on target) in the first leg. The Belgian side failed to turn their dominance into more goals, but we predict that they will score at least one goal in Thursday’s football match against Altach. A high-scoring affair appears on the cards, but the visitors are closer to booking their place in the play-offs than their rivals. Kalifa Coulibaly came as a substitute and scored in the 1-1 draw with Altach in the first leg and he is likely to return to the starting XI.
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 (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.