Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After sharing the spoils with Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade in their last group game, Hoffenheim will be looking to finish the Europa League group stages in style when they host Gent at their PreZero Arena on Thursday evening. Hoffenheim have already clinched top position in Group L, but they surely want to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Geiger returns from a domestic ban, while Bicakcic, Hubner, Kaderabek, and Stafylidis are all sidelined with injury.
Both Adamyan and Bruun Larsen are rated doubtful as they have been tested positive for coronavirus. Gent, on the other hand, do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team suffering a loss in each of their five group games. The Belgian outfit are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Sinsheim, and they are unlikely to spoil Hoffenheim’s party at PreZero Arena.
Highlighted Player (Moanes Dabour):
Born in Nazareth on May 14, 1992, Moanes Dabour is an Israel international who plays for Red Bull Salzburg in Austrian Bundesliga. Dabour played in Israeli clubs Maccabi Nazareth and Maccabi Tel Aviv during his youth career and it has to be noted that he played for the two teams at senior level as well.
In 2014 he joined Swiss side Grasshopper and after scoring 41 goals in 82 appearances in the league for the club, he moved to Austria, signing a deal with big-spending Red Bull Salzburg. In 2017 Moanes Dabour was scoring goals for fun in the 2018/2019 Champions League qualifiers, but that eventually did not help the Red Bulls book their place in the group stages of the elite competition.
Speaking of his international career, Moanes Dabour made his Israel debut against Honduras on June 1 2014. Israel won the game 4-2, but the Salzburg attacker failed to mark his debut with a goal. Dabour opened his goal-scoring account with the Israeli national team in September, 2015 in a 4-0 win over Andorra.
Highlighted Team (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.