In the highest Belgian league, the Jupiler Pro League, the fight for the championship on the last two matchdays is coming to a head. In the championship round, for which have qualified the best six teams of the regular season, is currently still the KRC Genk in first place, but has only three points ahead of the second-placed club Bruges.
The actual surprise team of the current season in the country of the World Cup third, however, is the Royal Antwerp FC. The troupe of Romanian coach László Bölöni is ranked third and would like to defend it in order to be represented internationally in the coming game year. On the way to Europe on Thursday night waiting for Antwerp with KAA Gent a quite feasible opponents according to the odds.
Antwerp vs Gent Football Betting Tips
The blue and white are in last place in the classification of the top six teams and have no more ambitions towards the fourth rank, which would at least entitle to participate in the Belgian (internal) Europa League playoffs. Seen in this way, the guests are therefore only concerned about the “golden pineapple”, which represents a potential for Antwerp vs Gent tip course should be considered. The hosts have lost in the championship round yet no home game and also collected in all eight encounters a whopping ten more than the next opponent. In this respect, we certainly do not lean too far out of the window, if we say that between Antwerp and Ghent a prediction on the rank third is obvious.
Antwerp – Statistics & Current Form
The Royal Antwerp Football Club, better known in Germany as ‘FC Antwerp’, is the oldest football club in Belgium. The club was founded in 1880 and is therefore nicknamed “The Great Old”. The most successful time experienced the red-whites probably in the 50s, when they not only twice elected the cup winner, but 1957 also celebrated the last championship in Belgium to this day. At international level, the club from the beautiful port city in the Flemish Region is also not a blank sheet, especially as the Royal FC in 1993 was the last Belgian representative, who moved into a European Cup final. The final against Parma was then lost in the cup winners’ competition but with 1: 3. Nevertheless, “The Great Old” has an exciting and at the same time successful history, which was overshadowed by some failures. Before the resurgence in 2016/2017, the Red-Whites played for example twelve consecutive seasons only in the second Belgian league. After Antwerp secured a secure midfield position in the opening year in the upper house, the protégés of László Bölöni are currently the positive discovery of the Jupiler League.
In the regular season, the Royal Antwerp FC qualified in sixth just for the championship round. Because the points are halved before the start of the playoffs, the cards were shuffled among the top six clubs, which the Bölöni Elf frankly benefited. With four wins, two draws and only two defeats from eight encounters in the championship round brought only Club Bruges and KRC Genk more points than the surprise team. As a result, the four-time Belgian champion has also advanced to third place in the tableau, with all the trumps of international business in his own hands two games to go. Should the advantage of three points on Standard Liege be maintained, Royal Antwerpen would have a starting place in the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Because the last match takes place away from the title aspirant in Bruges, the home match against Gent’s bottom lag will be even more important this Thursday. The team, which have their top scorer (seven goals, eight assists) in former Bundesliga legionnaire Mbokani (VfL Wolfsburg) have lost none of their recent four league home games, conceding a single goal per game. In any case, the defensive is the showpiece of the Red and White, which goes with only nine goals scored in eight games, however, also at the expense of offensive force. The minimalists from Flanders are, in our eyes, nevertheless rightly favored, which is why we at Antwerp vd Gent giving a tip to the host. With the exception of right-back Buta, all men should be available. The staffing situation is therefore as rosy as the prospect of returning to the international level after years of abstinence.
Expected formation of Antwerp:
↪ Bolat – Jukleröd, Van Damme, Arslanagic, Opare – Govea, Haroun – Refaelov – Acheampong, Mbokani, Lamkel Ze
↪ Coach: Bölöni
Last matches from Antwerp:
⚽️ 12.05.2019 – Antwerp vs. Anderlecht 1: 1 (First Division A)
⚽️ 03.05.2019 – Genk Vs. Antwerp 4: 0 (First Division A)
⚽️ 26.04.2019 – Antwerp Vs. Standard Liege 2: 1 (First Division A)
⚽️ 22.04.2019 – Antwerp vs. FC Bruges 0: 0 (First Division A)
⚽️ 13.04.2019 – Gent vs Antwerp 1: 2 (First Division A)
Gent – Statistics & Current Form
The most important game of the current season has already lost KAA Gent. This is of course the cup final on May 01 against KV Mechelen. Despite a 1-0 lead against the second division, the champions of 2015 pulled in the end but still the short straw and missed it, to turn a disappointing bottom line season for the better. At the same time, it seems clear that for the first time in four years, the Blue and Whites will not be represented in Europe in the coming game year. However, a small backdoor remains open, because Mechelen should get no license for the Beletage due to the alleged manipulation allegations against several officials as a sporty newcomer, the starting right for Europe would be obsolete. As a consequence, not the fourth in the championship round would play in the in-country playoffs, but the fifth. Gent would be back in the game, although Jess Thorup’s side would have to overtake RSC Anderlecht for the remaining two rounds of the match. The former series champion currently has two more points in his account, so it’s within reach. Rumor has it that it is quite likely that Mechelen will get the license, so it remains to be seen if this mini-loophole will actually lead to increased motivation among the “chiefs”.
So far, the Thorup-Elf has played a below-average championship round. After six previous defeats in the first seven games, Gent celebrated the first three in a 3–2 success in Liège last weekend. With a meager six goals, the former Champions League participant puts the weakest attack of the “Top Six” and with 13 goals also one of the most vulnerable defensive. In four out of eight games in the playoffs remained the Thorup protected, which are certainly individually assess something stronger, completely without own hit. Who on Thursday evening so with our Antwerp vs Gent’s prediction on the home side disagree, should worry about completing bets on under 2.5 goals or the “Both teams to score – no”. Compared to the surprising away win in Liege, there will probably be little change in the starting eleven. Only doubles scorer Jonathan David, who turned the game after his substitution and scored the winning goal in the 94th minute, could get a chance from the start. In central defense beyond the use Derijck’s questionable, which would have to be replaced by Plastun.
Expected formation of Gent:
↪ Kaminski – Asare, Bronn, Plastuk, Souquet – Dejaegere, Esiti, Verstraete, Odjidja-Ofoe – Sörloth, David
↪ Coach: Thorup
Last matches of Gent:
⚽️ 10.05.2019 – Standard Liège vs. Gent 2: 3 (First Division A)
⚽️ 05.05.2019 – Gent vs FC Bruges 0: 1 (First Division A)
⚽️ 01.05.2019 – Gent vs Mechelen 1: 2 (cup)
⚽️ 27.04.2019 – Gent vs. Genk 0: 1 (First Division A)
⚽️ 21.04.2019 – Anderlecht vs Gent 0: 0 (First Division A)
Antwerp vs Gent Direct Comparison
For the fourth time, the two teams face each other in the current season. The first two duels in the regular season ended in a draw (0: 0, 2: 2). The first leg in the championship round was won by Royal Anwerpen 2-1 in Gent. Incidentally, the last victory of the chiefs against the royals dates from the 2003/2004 game year. This was followed by six league games (four draws, two defeats), in which the champion of 2015 against the four-time title holder (last 1957) remained winless. If this series continues on Thursday night, odds of 1.38 will be paid between Antwerp and Gent for Double Chance 1 / X.
Antwerp vs Gent Betting Tips Provided by our Insiders Tipsters
On the penultimate round of the championship round in Belgium, Antwerp and Gent face each other on Thursday evening. The bookmakers currently offer betting odds of 2.20 in the top for a home win, indicating that the home side’s favorites go into the game. This assessment is quite reasonable, because in the previous eight matches in the championship round Antwerp actually got ten points more than the upcoming opponent. Coach Bölöni’s team is in third place in the tableau, while Gent in sixth only has the slightest hope of gaining international business through the mentioned loophole of a possible denial of license for newcomer Mechele.
Key Facts – Antwerp vs Gent tips
⭐️ Antwerp wants to defend the third place on the last two matchdays
⭐️ Gent did not score in four out of eight playoff games
⭐️ The Royals have been unbeaten for six direct duels against the Blue-Whites
The motivational advantages should therefore also lie with the red and white, which also have lost none of the previous four home games in the championship round. Gent, however, remained in four games without their own goal and can at the latest after the lost cup final against the second division from Mechelen make a catch behind the disappointing season. Due to the different starting positions and the greater self-confidence on the part of the hosts, we decide in the direct duel Antwerp vs. Gent for a tip on the home win. We select a bet of six units and conclude by concluding that the Royal Antwerp FC lost none of the recent six clashes against the chieftains.
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