Anderlecht take on the visitors Gent in the round 5 match of Belgian Jupiler League. The match will be played on Thursday, September 1st at Lotto Park (Anderlecht).
Anderlecht remain without major achievements for too long. The Purple and Whites are considered the giants of Belgian football. In addition to winning both the Cup Winners' Cup (twice) and the UEFA Cup, the team from Brussels has 34 league titles. But the last "gold" was taken in 2017. In recent years, Kompany tried to prove himself here, but his maximum was 3rd place last season. Vincent went back to England, where he played a lot. He was replaced by a more experienced coach, Maazu. He was able to bring new wards to the group stage of the Conference League, knocking out not only Paide, but also the Young Boys (with the Swiss they exchanged victories on the road, and then won the penalty shootout). The championship was off to a good start. But on Sunday it was lost at Union Saint-Gillois.
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Gent got off to a rather controversial start. The “Buffalos” last season proved to be controversial. As part of the Jupiler League, the team finished only 5th. But at the same time, Hein Vanhazebrook and his wards were able to win the trophy - they became the winners in the Belgian Cup for the 4th time in history. Now, too, not everything works out. In the qualification of the Europa League, nothing happened to oppose the Cypriot Omonia, who won both matches with a score of 2-0. But in the domestic arena, it was possible to gradually gain momentum. First there was a 0-1 defeat in the Super Cup. The new season of the Jupiler League started with a couple of draws, with Standard and St. Truiden. But then Gent won against Ostend and Westerlo. And only Antwerp brought them back to earth, having managed to win on the Buffalos’ field with a score of 2-1.
In the spring, Gent beat Anderlecht in the cup final. The sides did not score goals, but the “buffalos” were better in the penaltes. And in the championship, they took 4 points out of 6 possible - 1-1 away, 1-0 at home. Both teams look inconsistent this season. And, of course, they will try to rehabilitate themselves in a head-to-head match. We are waiting for a spectacular fight and the final "total over 2.5”.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.