Our football match prediction:
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against Gent when they host the Belgian side at Wembley Stadium on Thursday evening. The Spurs failed to impress in the first leg, but it has to be noted that coach Mauro Pochettino rested key midfielder Christian Eriksen in the 1-0 loss to Gent. Seeing that Tottenham Hotspur are unlikely to win the Premier League this season, we predict that Pochettino is going to field the best possible side in Thursday’s football match against de Buffalo’s. The Spurs, though, will have to be at their sharpest in the Wembley Stadium clash if they are to book their place in the Europa League last 16. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup win over Fulham at the weekend, meaning that the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the Tottenham Hotspur top scorer.
Highlighted Player (Kane):
Widely regarded as one of England’s best strikers at the moment, Harry Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 21 Premier League goals during the 2014/2015 campaign to be voted PFA Young Player of the Year. The highly rated striker went on to surpass that achievement the following season as he helped Spurs mount a serious title challenge for the first time in club’s recent history and he made seamless transition to international football. Kane scored four goals in his first ten appearances for England to prove he was here to stay and at the same time established himself as a first choice striker in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of the Euro 2016 finals. Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, but it was some outstanding goals from distance as well as link-up play with teammates that earned him an excellent reputation in world football. Kane is expected to lead both Tottenham and England in years to come, that is if he can resist the lure of top European clubs that continue to cast admiring glances his way.
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.