Kortrijk take on the visitors Gent in the round 1 of Belgian Juplier League. The match will be played on Sunday, July 31st at Guldensporenstadion.
Kortrijk was involved in the battle for the place in Europa League but didn’t succeed. The hosts of the match played seven sparring during pre-season this summer, taking five wins and two draws with 24-6 aggregate score. Kortrijk played eight matches at home in 2016, taking five wins, two draws and only one defeat. The hosts of the match are set to gain the place in Europe League at the end of the season.
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Gent won bronze medals last season and started already qualifying matches in Europa League. The team played eight sparrings this summer, taking three wins, three draws and two defeats. Gent played their first leg of matchup with Viitorul, taking confident 5-0 home win that guarantees the place in the next round of the qualification. As to the away record of the team, Gent struggle in matches at opponents’ stadiums, recording three wins, one draw and seven defeats in 11 matches on the road in 2016.
Gent are unbeaten in last five head-to-heads with Kortrijk, taking four wins and one draw. The hosts of the match proved they show their best football at home while Gent clearly have problems in matches on the road. This is why we can expect Kortrijk at least avoid defeat in upcoming match.
Prediction for the match: Kortrijk to win with +0.5 Asian handicap.