Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After sharing the spoils with Oleksandria in each of their previous two group games, Saint-Etienne will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Europa League when they welcome Gent at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Thursday evening. As les Verts are eyeing their first win of the process, we are positive that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Gent.
Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri, who found the net in the 2-2 draw with Oleksandria, is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. The Belgians, on the other hand, are leading the standings ahead of the trip to France. Gent are undefeated in the 2019/2020 Europa League season, and given their attacking potential; we are positive that the visitors will find the net in Thursday’s showdown. Since Saint-Etienne have turned their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Wahbi Khazri):
After spending his youth career at JS Ajaccio and Bastia, Wahbi Khazri continued playing for les Bleus at senior level. The attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, netted 31 goals in 171 league games for Bastia and in 2014 he moved to fellow Ligue 1 team Bordeaux. Khazri was producing fine performances with les Girondins from 2014 to 2016 and, as a result, Sunderland chiefs decided to sign him on 30 January, 2016.
The Tunisian international, who was born on 8 February, 1991 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France made one appearances for the France U21 team, but he decided to represent Tunisia senior team on the international stage. Khazri played for Tunisia at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but the Eagles of Carthage failed to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament.
It has to be noted that the Tunisian international scored two goals in 14 appearances for Sunderland in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and he certainly helped the Black Cats secure yet another top flight survival.
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.