Anderlecht vs Gent Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups & Betting Tips 09.04.2017
Anderlecht and Gent are both ready for a real clash on Sunday afternoon when the “Stade Constant Vanden Stock” in capital Brussels is set to host the most fascinating encounter from second round of the 2016-17 Belgian First Division A play-offs. The playoff stage is crucial not only about winning of a domestic trophy but also for the European positions, since we all know Belgium has two Champions League spots. Of course, first position is a top priority and besides prospects of calling yourself as a champion of Belgium for next twelve months, it also comes with a direct promotion into the UEFA Champions League group stage.
H2H Stats: Anderlecht vs Gent
This will be Gent’s third attempt to win over Anderlecht and also their second visit to Brussels in the 2016-17 season. First one was in end of August when both sides failed to determine a winner after a very late equalizer scored from Gent’s captain Nana Asare. Almost four months after a 2-2 draw from Brussels, Anderlecht won 2-3 at the “Ghelamco Arena” in Gent, which was the finest Christmas present to the fans.
Meanwhile, that winless form of Gent when facing Anderlecht dates since the first weeks of 2016 when “The Buffalos” won at home. That 2-0 victory has been followed by two draws and two defeats.
Belgian First Division A: Anderlecht vs Gent 09.04.2017
Anderlecht takes on Gent in its first playoff match at home. Last weekend “RSCA” started the play-offs on the road with a win (1-2) over Zulte-Waregem, which was inspired after goals from Alexandru Chipciu and Youri Tielemans. The latter also assisted for Chipciu’s goal. Thus Anderlecht remains on top of the table and after recalculation of the points won in regular season “RSCA” currently collects 34 points. An asset that puts them with four above runner-up Club Brugge and on six above Gent.
Guests from East Flanders began their playoff campaign with a home win exactly against Club Brugge. It happened last Sunday night when Wesley gave a lead to visitors from Brugge in opening minutes, but Nigerian winger Moses Simon answered with a brace and score on half-time was already 2-1 in Gent’s favour. Same score which remained on scoresheet until the final whistle.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
One week after making a great comeback against Club Brugge, Gent prepares for a more severe challenge, especially when it’s away from home.
Squad led by Hein Vanhaezebrouck already pulls out some positives from the UEFA Europa League elimination, marked with a bitter taste to lose from another Belgian club. Anyway, elimination from the Europa League allows them focusing completely upon Belgian First Division A and Hein Vanhaezebrouck can choose his optimal lineup in every league game.
Now Vanhaezebrouck must pick a starting XI without injured midfielder Renato Neto, while Kenny Saief, Tesfaldet Tekie and Louis Verstraete are all doubts. In the mean time central defender William Troost-Ekong is suspended and respectively misses out. Troost-Ekong has been booked and sent-off due to another yellow card in opening second-half minutes against Club Brugge last weekend, making Gent’s victory even more meaningful.
On other side Anderlecht have had two more days to prepare for an upcoming fixture, but however, René Weiler’s men are still involved in the UEFA Europa League. On Thursday night Manchester United will be in town and Anderlecht has a massive tie against one of the biggest global clubs, which doesn’t mean they will underestimate clash with Gent. Not at all. Anderlecht are firmly motivated to lift the domestic league trophy for the first time after 2014, so René Weiler will surely use his best men on Sunday night. The Swiss coach doesn’t have any major concerns as regards to injured or suspended first-team players. Andy Najar is the only absentee but that is not something new and Weiler has enough options to cover the right-back.
Anderlecht vs Gent Betting Prediction
Anderlecht returns in Brussels after four consecutive wins in all competitions and being unbeaten at home since early-December, when they lost 2-3 to AS Saint-Étienne. In that period Anderlecht achieved seven wins and two draws, conceding only three goals. Really solid home form by RSCA and we don’t expect something else from René Weiler’s side here.
Gent head to Brussels with five draws from last six visits and this testifies that “The Buffalos” know how to avoid losing, but on other hand they hardly win. To be accurate Gent have won once only in their last nine away games.
Our betting prediction goes on hosts Anderlecht (1X2 Betting) who have enough quality to grab the whole set of points against Gent on Sunday night.
Venue: “Stade Constant Vanden Stock”, Brussels.
Referee: Sebastien Delferiere.
Possible Lineups of Anderlecht and Gent
RSC Anderlecht: Frank Boeckx – Ivan Obradovic, Bram Nuytinck, Kara, Uros Spajic – Leander Dendoncker, Adrien Trebel – Sofiane Hanni, Youri Tielemans, Alexandru Chipciu – Lukasz Teodorczyk. (4-2-3-1)
KAA Gent: Lovre Kalinic – Nana Asare, Stefan Mitrovic, Samuel Gigot – Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti, Brecht Dejaegere, Thomas Foket – Yuya Kubo, Danijel Milicevic – Jeremy Perbet. (3-4-2-1)