Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Gent will be looking to build on a 3-2 win over Saint-Etienne when they take on Oleksandria at Arena L’viv in their second group game. Oleksandria are eyeing their first ever win in the group stages of the Europa League, but they face a difficult task in Thursday’s football match against the Belgian outfit. The Ukranian outfit have been producing fine performances in the national championship of late, with the team sitting in 3rd position in the standings, but seeing that Gent have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this term, home win should not be considered.
The Belgians aim to get their job done in Group I as soon as possible and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Oleksandria in their second group match. Ukrainian attacker Roman Yaremchuk, who has netted 5 goals in the Belgian top flight so far this term, is likely to pose a big threat for his compatriots.
Highlighted Player (Yevhen Banada):
Yevhen Banada is a professional footballer who plays for Ukrainian side Oleksandriya. Banada was born in Nikopol, Ukraine on February 29, 1992, joining UFK Dnipropetrovsk at the age of 13. The 182-cm tall midfielder played for the likes of UOR Donetsk and Olimpik Donetsk during his youth career as well, but he made his senior debut with Oleksandriya.
Yevhen Banada joined Oleksandriya in 2011 and he has been playing for the Ukrainian Premier League side ever since. Banada will have a chance to prove his worth in the Europa League as the Mistiany will represent Ukraine in the European competition.
His main position is defensive midfield, but he is capable of playing as both central midfielder and centre-back as well. The Oleksandriya footballer, whose preferred foot is right, has yet to make his debut with the Ukraine national team, but he has two caps with Ukraine U21 team.
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.