Our football match prediction:
Gent will be aiming to put an end to their three-game winless run in Group H when they face Konyaspor at Konya Buyuksehir Torku Arena on Thursday evening. Konyaspor were outclassed by Shakhtar in Donetsk in their last group game and, as a result, they have no chance of qualifying for the next phase. The Turkish side are fully focused on the national championship and seeing that this has to go down as a must-win game for Gent, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. De Buffalo’s are one point behind second-placed Sporting Braga and are tempted to put our money on the Belgian team. Gent are eyeing their fourth clean sheet in all competitions and we would not be surprised if the hosts fail to find the net in Thursday’s game. A man to watch in the away side will be Jeremy Perbet, who has netted ten goals in all competitions this season.
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 (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.