Oostende vs Gent
Belgian First Division A
Date: Sunday, 21 October 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Versluys Arena (Oostende).
Gent parted ways with Yves Vanderhaeghe after a criminal 1-5 defeat to Genk in the previous round of First Division A. The former Midtjylland boss Jess Thorup took charge and is about to make a debut on the bench on Sunday afternoon when his team travel to Versluys Arena to take on mid-table rivals Oostende.
The Buffalos are thus looking towards a new beginning after making a dreadful start to the 2018/19 league campaign. They took only a single point from last four league matches showing a huge lack of meticulousness at the back in the process. They allowed 13 goals in last four outings in First Division A and it will be very interesting to see if Thorup will be able to turn a corner here. The Danish manager insisted on the attacking-minded football in Midtjylland. Will he do the same with Gent?
Oostende vs Gent: Head-to-head
Gent lead the head to head tie by a single win, but it’s De Kustboys who were much more successful in the most recent set of H2H fixtures.
Oostende won three of last five meetings with the Buffalos, proving to be a very tricky opposition for them in the last couple of years.
Both teams scored in three of last four head to head matches.
Oostende vs Gent: Prediction
The hosts won’t come into the game in much higher spirits either,. They took one point from last two league games conceding four in total to Standard Liege (1-3 defeat) and Waasland-Beveren (1-1 draw). They were, much like their rivals, pretty easy to break down which is why you should not be surprised to learn that four of five home games they played so far in the season produced goals at both ends.
Knowing about Thorup’s managerial style and Gent’s recent form, we just have to call the BTTS bet a genuine banker at the odds of 1.61 here. You won’t make a mistake backing the Over 2.5 goals FT pick either at 1.72 odds.
Oostende vs Gent: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.61 (8/13)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11).