Saint-Etienne vs Gent
Date: Thursday, 28 November 2019
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Étienne).
Gent are placed at the top of the table. However, their chances to top the group still hangs on the line, and they need to deliver a win this Thursday to ensure it.
This match could prove to be entertaining, considering Gent’s victory in the reverse fixture, coupled with the home advantage for Etienne, and their presence in the Ligue 1 (a league deemed to be amongst the best in Europe, especially compared to the Belgian First Division A).
Saint-Etienne vs Gent Head-to-head (h2h)
The reverse fixture ended in a 3-2 win for Gent, at their home.
Earlier, these had contested in a friendly too, and then, once again the Belgians registered a victory, 2-0.
Saint-Etienne vs Gent Prediction
Etienne had hosted Montpellier, the last match-day, for which the former had home advantage. Though they were in a hunt for a spot in the European zone, the home status could not be put to good use. After a tough set of ninety minutes, that saw six yellow cards, the teams shared spoils with a goalless draw.
Meanwhile, the Belgians, Gent, had the home advantage against Antwerp, and even led for almost the entirety of the game, and still faced heartbreak right at the end of the fixture. After scoring their lone goal in the 13th minute, things looked set for the hosts to post the three points.
But in the 90+4th minute, the guests found the back of the net, to equalize the scoreline, to wide groans from the crowd.
Considering their status as the toppers of the group; as the ones who have scored the most; and conceded the least, Gent do hold an upper hand. Add to this their victory in the reverse fixture, along with their potential to top the group with a win this Thursday, and we see Gent emerging as a favorite to at least avoid the loss against their French counterparts.
However, a team of the stature of Etienne cannot be just be discarded. They ply their trade in the Ligue 1, one of the top five leagues in Europe, and on top of that, they have the home advantage as well. Moreover, the team is on a streak of ten unbeaten games and remained so in 12 of their last 15 in front of the home crowd.
Finally, they are desperate to get qualified, and would put their best efforts to secure a satisfactory result. All these factors combine to pick out BTTS as a value bet.
Saint-Etienne vs Gent Betting Tips
Double Chance: Gent or Draw @ 1.60 (3/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.70 (7/10).