Our prediction for this Europa League match:
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA will host Thursday’s football match between Wolfsburg and Gent, the two teams who are on the right track to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Wolfsburg have been producing excellent displays in all competitions this season, and it is no wonder they are considered favourites to win the Europa League clash against Gent.
The Wolves are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we are positive that key attacker Weighorst is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The Belgian outfit, on the other hand, came from two goals behind to share the spoils with Wolfsburg at home, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the VOLKSWAGEN ARENA showdown. Ukraine international Roman Yaremchuk, who scored a brace in the 2-2 draw with the Bundesliga side, is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition back-line.
Highlighted Player (Admir Mehmedi):
Born in FYR Macedonia, Admir Mehmedi moved to Switzerland with his parents at the age of 2, and no wonder he decided to represent the Rossocrociati at international level. The forward made a name for himself at FC Zurich, scoring 19 goals in 84 league outings to catch the eye of bigger clubs.
Mehmedi surprisingly opted to join Dynamo Kiev in January 2012, but he would soon leave war-torn Ukraine, signing a permanent deal with Bundesliga outfit Freiburg after impressing while on season-long loan. As Freiburg got relegated to the second division, the forward was given a chance to remain in the top flight by Bayer Leverkusen, and he grabbed it with both hands despite knowing that it would not be easy for him to secure regular playing time.
In spite of the lack of first team action at Bay Arena, Mehmedi remained a part of the Switzerland national team, mostly due to his versatility and being able to operate on either wing or as second striker. He has so far made over 40 outings for Nati, making four appearances and scoring one goal at the 2014 World Cup.
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.