Eupen vs Gent Soccer Betting Prediction
Will Gent manage the dress rehearsal for the Champions League game?
The top teams in the Belgian Jupiler League stumble at the start of the new season. After the international break, the fifth game day is already on the program and a look at the current table provides an unusual picture. Neither Club Brugge nor KAA Gent or RSC Anderlecht can be found in the top three. Especially runner-up Gent has disappointed across the board so far. After the international break, the fifth matchday will kick off on Friday evening with the duel between Eupen and Gent.
This game can currently be referred to as a basement duel. While Eupen’s position in the lower third is by no means a surprise, Gent’s current 14th place in the table is a bitter disappointment. Before the international break, however, finally managed to break free, which must now be confirmed.
Eupen – Statistics & current form
KAS Eupen stands for “Royal General Sports Association Eupen”; the name suggests that the border to Germany is not far. The club is the most successful in the German-speaking community in Belgium and has been playing in the Belgian upper house for five years.
51 goals conceded in 29 games
In 29 games of the past season, the team of Basque head coach Benat San Jose collected 30 points and thus moved on the level of recent years. Since the re-promotion to the Belgian upper house of football, the club has reached between 27 and 32 points in the regular season.
While the offensive celebrates one hit per game on average, the defensive is extremely vulnerable. In 2019/20 Eupen conceded no fewer than 51 goals, but it should be mentioned that far fewer goals were conceded at home (19) than abroad (32). The box was kept clean in only six of the 29 games.
Three draws – no victory yet
Eupen has not yet celebrated a victory in 2020/21, but only suffered one defeat. Three of the four previous league games have ended in a draw. The defense was improved because in these three games only two goals had to be conceded (two times 1: 1, once goalless).
The only exception so far was the home game against the reigning champions Club Bruges, in which Eupen went down 4-0 without a single song. The home game against the runner-up will be the next acid test in which Eupen will have to do without right-back Jonathan Heris due to a red card suspension.
Probable formation of Eupen:
➫ De Wolf – Schouterden, Amat, Poulain, Beck – Musona, Cools, Peeters – Nuhu, Ngoy, N’Dri
Last matches from Eupen:
Club friendship games
⚽️ 09/04 2020 KAS Eupen 5 – 3 RWD Molenbeek
⚽️ 08/29 2020 KAS Eupen 1 – 1 VV St. Truiden
⚽️ 08/21 2020 KV Kortrijk 0 – 0 KAS Eupen
⚽️ 08/16 2020 KAS Eupen 0-4 Club Bruges
⚽️ 08/10 2020 Oud-Heverlee Leuven 1 – 1 KAS Eupen
Gent – Statistics & current form
After a fifth place in the premiere year under Jess Thorup, KAA Gent was in second place in the table at the time of the cancellation and was thus crowned runner-up. Dreams are allowed and next Tuesday the ambitious Belgian club will host Austria’s record champions, SK Rapid Wien, in the third round of the Champions League qualification.
Change of coach after two rounds
Although Gent improved on last year, the head coach didn’t have much credit with the club’s management. The notice was given after the second matchday, with two defeats against St. Truiden and Kortrijk causing the end after 165 games in the Danish Super League.
The club has long been concerned with a due change of coach because the Romanian Laszlo Bölöni – who worked for league competitor Royal Antwerp until the end of last season – was introduced as a new strong man on the sidelines just with the separation from Thorup. Bölöni made his debut against his ex-club, of all places, and Gent suffered their third defeat in the third game.
Gent is writing for the first time
The negative run could at least be stopped before the international break and in the home game against KV Mechelen, the ex-Salzburg Anderson Niangbo provided the break with his gold goal and the first victory of the new season. Three points from four games are a big disappointment.
With the departure of David (OSC Lille), Gent has undoubtedly lost some of its quality, with the Germans Kleindienst and Dorsch, two Heidenheimers were signed as bearers of hope. Sooner or later, the team will certainly move forward. A successful dress rehearsal before the CL game would also be extremely important mentally. Between Eupen and Gent, odds of over 2.00 are offered for the guest victory.
In terms of personnel, Gent will continue to do without captain Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, who after a stay in Croatia (rehabilitation measure) gave a positive test on his return and is thus in isolation.
Probable formation of Gent:
➫ Roef – Fortuna, Ngadeu Ngadjui, Plastun, Castro-Montes – Chakvetadze, Dorsch, Kums – Niangbo, Yaremchuk, Kleindienst
Last matches from Gent:
Club friendship games
⚽️ 09/03 2020 AZ Alkmaar 1 – 1 KAA Gent
⚽️ 08/30 2020 KAA Gent 1 – 0 KV Mechelen
⚽️ 08/22 2020 Antwerp 1 – 0 KAA Gent
⚽️ 08/15 2020 KAA Gent 1 – 2 KV Kortrijk
⚽️ 08/09 2020 VV St. Truiden 2 – 1 KAA Gent
Eupen vs Gent Direct comparison
A total of twelve games between the two teams can be found in the database, with the underdog from Eupen only able to prevail twice. The current runner-up from Gent, on the other hand, had the upper hand in nine of the twelve games and thus confirmed the role of favorite.
The games in the canceled 2019/20 season were a pure spectacle. In the home game, Gent shot the guests 6-1 off the pitch, the duel in Eupen’s Kehrweg Stadium got off to a brilliant start (2-2 after 19 minutes), before Gent scored the winning goal in the final phase to make it 3-2. Should there be at least three hits again, odds of around 1.80 are currently luring between Eupen and Gent?
Eupen vs Gent – Betting odds comparison – Jupiler Liga
Betting Tips: Eupen
Betting Tips: Draw
Betting Tips: Gent
Eupen vs Gent Soccer Betting Prediction
Both teams hold three points after four matchdays, but the teams are by no means at eye level. The home side will have to get used to the relegation battle, while the guests will certainly climb to the top. This difference in quality will also be noticeable on the pitch and the prediction for the guests between Eupen and Gent seems extremely promising.
Key facts – Eupen vs Gent tips
🔸 Eupen is still without a win this season – three of the four games ended in a draw
🔸 Gent has won the last four direct duels
🔸 After three defeats, in the beginning, Gent finally achieved their first victory on matchday four
Above all, the betting base delivers extremely lucrative betting odds due to the runner-up’s three opening defeats. In the duel between Eupen and Gent, odds of over 2.00 are offered for the tip on the guests, which seem extremely high given the differences in performance. The tip recommendation for the start of the 5th game day in the Jupiler League is accordingly a victory for the guests, which is alluded to with 6 units.
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