Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Gent and Liberec, the two teams who failed to book their place in the Europa League last 32, face each other at Ghelamco Arena on Thursday evening. Gent aim to get their revenge on Liberec for a 1-0 loss at Stadion U Nisy, and we are positive that the hosts will leave their hearts on the field. The likes of Depoitre, De Bruyn, Chakvetadze, and Marreh remain in the recovery room, while Yaremchuk, Plastun, and Kleindienst are rated doubtful after the trio was tested positive for coronavirus.
Liberec, on the other hand, are on a three-game losing run in the Europa League, and it is no wonder they are seen as underdogs in Thursday’s clash. Gent are eager to regain a much-needed confidence following a shocking 3-0 loss to Waregem in the national championship, and we predict that the Belgians are going to pick up all three points from the match.
Highlighted Player (Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui):
Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui is a Cameroon international who plays for Slavia Prague as a defender. Ngadjui started his career at the youth team of Diables Rouges Maroua and in 2007 he moved to Canon Yaounde. The 190-cm tall footballer continued playing for Diables Rouges Maroua at senior level and in 2010 he joined German lower-league side Kirchhorder SC.
At the end of the 2010/2011 he moved to fellow German club SV Sandhausen II and in 2012 he signed a contract with Nurnberg. After making 54 appearances for the reserve team he moved to Romania, signing a deal with Botosani. Michal Ngadeu Ngadjui scored seven goals in 53 league games for the Romanian side before joining Slavia Prague in 2016.
The Cameroonian footballer, who was born in Bafang on November 23, 1990, won the national championship with Slavia Prague in the 2016/2017, but the capital club eventually failed to make it to the Champions League group stages. His main position is centre back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Slovan Liberec):
Slovan Liberec are a professional football club that participate in Czech First League. The club were founded in 1958 and they won their first domestic trophy in 2002. The Modrobili won the national championship in 2006 as well, with the team finishing the season five points clear of second-placed Mlada Boleslav.
Six years later Slovan Liberec clinched their third domestic trophy, leaving the likes of Sparta Prague and Viktoria Plzen behind them in the standings. Speaking of the club’s European success, the Czech outfit made it to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 2002, but they failed to make life difficult for star-studded Borussia Dortmund in the two-legged tie.
The Modrobili welcome their rivals at Stadion u Nisy and the capacity of the stadium is 10 000. The venue was built in 1933, but it was renovated on two occasions (1995, 2001). Slovan Liberec play their home games in blue and white kits and the colour of their away kits is blue.