Our football match prediction:
Against all odds, Genk demolished Gent in an all-Belgian clash at Ghelamco Arena in the Europa League last 16. De Smurfen proved their worth in the first leg and, as a result, they are with one foot in the quarter-finals of the competition. Mbwana Ally Samatta scored a brace in the 5-2 win over Gent and the Tanzania striker will be the man to watch in the home team in Thursday’s football match. Genk aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and we would not be surprised if they extend their winning run at home to eight games, speaking of Europa League fixtures. Gent have little to play for in the second leg and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. When the two teams met at Luminus Arena in the national championship earlier this season Genk recorded a 2-0 win over Gent and the history is likely to repeat itself.
Highligted Player (Jere Uronen):
Jere Juhani Uronen is a professional footballer who started his senior career at TPS of Finland. The pacey full back scored one goal in 18 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he joined Swedish side Helsingborgs. Uronen played for the club from 2012 to 2016 and then he moved to Belgium. The Finnish footballer, who was born on 13 July, 1994, signed a contract with Genk, which expires on 30 June, 2018. The Genk full back, who is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well, has five caps for Finland U21 team and he made his senior debut for the Finnish national team on 26 May, 2012. He started the match against Turkey and it has to be noted that Finland emerged triumphant (3-2). Jere Uronen made 12 league appearances for Genk in the 2015/2016 season, scoring one goal for the team. The left-footed player is capable of playing on both sides of the field.
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.