Our prediction for this match:
Wednesday’s friendly at GHELAMCO-arena pits together Gent and AZ Alkmaar, the two teams who have been scoring goals for fun in pre-season. The Belgian outfit impressed in a 3-0 win over Greek side Aris earlier in July, meaning that they must be high on confidence ahead of the midweek friendly against AZ. De Buffalo’s looks sharp in front of goal and we are positive that they are going to find the net in Wednesday’s football match.
The Eredivisie outfit, on the other hand, produced a thrilling performance in a 5-2 win over Club Brugge and given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score, speaking of the GHELAMCO-arena clash. You should bear in mind that the two Benelux teams meet for the first time ever in a friendly match.
Highlighted Player (Ricardo van Rhijn):
Son to an Antillean mother and a Dutch father, Ricadro van Rhijn is a 25-year-old right-back and a product of famed Ajax football academy. Despite the fact he was initially a central defender, Dutch giants Ajax have successfully transformed him into a right back. Ricardo van Rhijn is a member of Ajax’s illustrious Club van 100 with 117 appearances for the club in five years.
Having spent two years playing predominantly for Jong Ajax and struggling to make impact under Frank de Boer, the 25-year-old Dutch international has been transferred to Club Brugge, despite rejecting opportunities to sign for Leicester City and Everton during the January transfer window.
Three-time Eredivisie champion made only 12 appearances for Ajax last season and is yet to earn his competitive debut for Club Brugge, but is nevertheless expected to get his career back on track as a direct replacement for Thomas Meunier, who signed for French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
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.