Tottenham travel to Gent in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday evening. Read the match preview to find our Gent v Tottenham prediction when the teams meet at Ghelamco Arena. Neither side has enjoyed ideal preparation with Gent losing at home on Saturday and Tottenham suffering defeat at Liverpool.
Gent v Tottenham
Gent have no reported injury concerns and expect to field the same line up that has taken them this far in the competition. Dangerman Kalifa Coulibaly has scored eight goals in six starts for Gent in the Europa League and will play the lone striker. Midfielder Renato Neto picked up two yellow cards in the group phase and faces suspension if cautioned in this game.
Tottenham are expected to field a strong side with the FA Cup fifth round coming up at the weekend but will be missing key defenders Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld due to injury. Midfielder Erik Lamela is also sidelined while 22 year-old forward George-kevin Nkoudou is a doubtful starter.
Team Predictions Gent v Tottenham
Gent 3-4-2-1 formation: Rinne; Asare, Gershon, Mitrovic; foket, Bruggen, Neto, Saief; Milicevic, Simon; Coulibaly
Tottenham 4-2-3-1 formation: Lloris;Walker, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies; Winks, Wanyama; Song, Alli, Eriksen; Kane
Gent v Tottenham Betting Tips
- Gent have won 2 drawn 2 and lost 6 of their last 10 matches
- Tottenham have won 7 drawn 2 and lost 1 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Gent have scored an average of 0.8 goals and conceded an average of 1.4 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Tottenham have scored an average of 2.3 goals and conceded an average of 0.9 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 3 of Gent’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Tottenham’s previous 10 matches
Gent v Tottenham Prediction
Gent’s stats belie a good home record where the Belgian outfit has lost just twice in the Pro League this season, 2-3 against league leaders Anderlecht in December and more recently a 0-1 defeat to struggling Eupen. It was the first time they’d failed to score at home in any competition this season and should prove tough to beat.
Tottenham went on an impressive seven game winning run through mid December to mid January but managed just two wins from the last five games. Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered their first defeat in 12 games when losing 2-0 at Anfield at the weekend and the manager will hope for a positive reaction on Thursday.
Tottenham failed to make an impression in the Champions League but have a good opportunity to emulate last season’s record in the Europa League when they reached the quarter-finals. A draw in Belgium will set them up nicely to finish the job at White Hart Lane.
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