Gent hosts Saint-Etienne in round 1 of the Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, September 19th at Ghelamco Arena (Gent)
Gent has already passed a rather difficult way to enter the group stage. The team beat Croatian Rijeka by winning at home and tying away. Besides, Cyprian AEK and Romanian Viitorul were eliminated without much difficulty. Currently, Gent is in great shape. In 6 rounds of the Belgian Premier League, the Buffalos gained 4 victories, scored 16 goals and conceded only 4. Compared to the previous season, the team certainly has at least the same but even better shape. If you take into account the last matches in the home field for 4 months, Gent always wins at home. I think the current shape will allow the Buffalos to beat the upcoming opponent. At least, they will play attack first.
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The hosts show an excellent game on their pitch, and they will probably at least not lose or maybe even win.
results of the previous season, Saint-Etienne immediately got into the group stage without playing a single match, unlike the opponent. In the five rounds held, only one victory was gained over the outsider Dijon, and the Greens have two draws and two losses. As a result, the fifteenth position in the standings reflects the current shape of the club, albeit partially. Saint-Etienne experiences great difficulties in away matches, even in France. I think the main goal of the team will be to gain a draw. It is doubtful that the club will dominate from the start of the meeting. Most likely, the tactics of Saint-Etienne will remain as such as in most meetings with strong opponents – it will possess the ball preventing the opponent from playing. And in the case of a quick goal, clubs can easily exchange goals scored.
The home meeting is very important for Gent, so the club should dominate and play attack first. As a rule, such matches (when rivals of about the same level meet) end in a home win. Although in this case, I would highlight that Gent is in better shape than its French rival. Given all the above, I take a bet with a zero handicap. Bet wisely!
Prediction for the match: Gent to win with 0.0 handicap