Royal Antwerp vs Gent
Belgium – Playoff Championship
Date: Thursday, 16th May 2019
Kick-off at 19.30 UK/ 20.30 CET
Venue: Bosuilstadion (Antwerp).
Antwerp is in the third position, which provides a ticket to the Europa League, with Liege trailing by three points. With two more match-days to go, the former needs four more points to mathematically ensure this current placing without depending on the results of other ties. But considering that Liege is pitted against Club Brugge, who are chasing the pole position, Antwerp could attain their objective with a win in this tie.
Gent has already ruled out participation in Europe and possesses no motivation to fight on after an exhausting campaign. On top of that, they are on the road, against a team spiritedly going after a direct-qualification spot to the Europa League. Suffice it to say – fans don’t hold much hope.
Royal Antwerp vs Gent Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last Gent won was back in 2003.
- The last time these two met, Antwerp recorded a 1-2 win on the road.
- Only once has Gent kept a clean sheet at this venue.
- Antwerp scored two or more goals in two of the last three matches.
Royal Antwerp vs Gent Prediction
Gent has no incentive to give a tough fight, and on top of that, they are on the road, against a home team desperate for a win. The hosts are doubly motivated as their main chaser, Liege is taking on one of the best teams in the competition, Brugge, and will likely lose – providing an opportunity for Antwerp to lock down Europa with a win in this tie.
Moreover, it’s been more than 15 years since Gent last won against this opponent, and only once has Genk kept a clean sheet at this venue.
Importantly, Antwerp was unbeaten in six of their last seven matches, and in the last four at this venue, whereas, Gent was winless in eight of their last nine ties and lost seven of them as well. On the road, they were winless in three of their last four.
Count on the hosts to give one of the best fights of their season to go after their European objective.
Royal Antwerp vs Gent Betting Tips
Double Chance: Royal Antwerp or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
The Hosts to Score the First Goal @ 1.67 (2/3).