Gent vs Shakhtar Donetsk
UEFA Europa League – Group H
Date: Thursday, 3rd November 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: GHELAMCO-arena, Gent.
Shakhtar Donetsk did not have any troubles in three opening rounds of the group H in this season of Europa League. They easily cruised past their opponents to win the maximum nine points and literally secured the top position ahead of the knock-out stage. The match on Thursday at the GHELAMCO-arena will have much higher significance for the hosts who are fighting for the second position in the group alongside Sporting Braga and Konyaspor.
However, the visitors will surely be favourites since they are at least one class above all teams in the group, including the Belgians. The Portuguese manager Paulo Fonseca seems to have found the winning formula as Shakhtar are playing some excellent attacking football this season. They are currently six points clear at the top of Ukrainian Premier League and the team won each of the last four games in all competitions with ease. The story is different with Gent as they lost three out of last four matches in all competitions, including the last weekend’s away defeat at Mechelen.
Gent vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Head-to-Head Stats
Shakhtar have literally demolished Gent in the first ever head to head encounter between the two sides two weeks ago when Fonseca’s men took a comfortable 5-0 win with five different players getting their names on the score sheet. We do not expect a similar result in the rematch, but the visitor swill surely be favourites to snatch three points.
Gent vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Prediction
You can back Shakhtar to win the match at the odds of 19/20. As we already stated, the class difference is obvious and the only question will be the motivation. We do not believe that the visitor will lack motivation since they are probably hoping to end the group stage with the maximum 18 points.
Alternatively, you can back Over 2.5 goals in the match since both teams prefer attacking football and we would be very surprised to see a low scoring game ion Thursday evening.
Gent vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Betting Tips
Shakhtar Donetsk to win at 1.90 (19/20)
Over 2.5 goals in the match at 1.90 (9/10).