Gent hosts Club Brugge KV in the first leg of the Belgian Cup semifinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 2nd at Ghelamco Arena (Gent)
Gent managed to take 2nd place in the season before last and even tried to prove themselves in the Champions League. But after that, the Buffaloes were pushed back to second roles again. The new championship is not developing in the best way, which is not surprising, as the squad was again weakened in the offseason after the bosses sold the productive striker, Roman Yaremchuk. Now Tarik Tissoudali has become the top scorer, although Roman Bezus also brings some benefits. But in general, Gent is too unstable. Good segments are interrupted by winless streaks, and the next one began before the New Year. There were four draws in a row, and then the Buffaloes lost to Antwerp at home (0-1).
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Club Brugge KV has started a new calendar year with a new head coach. The Black and Blues said goodbye to Clement in early January. Philippe was invited by Monaco, which had just fired Niko Kovac. However, after two champion’s titles, Brugge clearly slowed down in the new draw. Beyond that, a newcomer, Royal Union SG, suddenly took the confident league in the Jupiler Pro League standings. As a result, it is not surprising that the bosses of Club Brugge KV decided not to hold on to their legend so much. But if there were hopes that the change of a manager would help the team step up, then so far it cannot be said that they were fully justified. The successor, Alfred Schreuder, made his debut with a 2-0 victory over St. Truiden. But then there was only a draw with Standard in Liege. However, last week brought quite good results: a goalless draw against Saint-Gilloise and a 0-1 away victory over Kortrijk.
In the previous season, Gent and Club Brugge KV exchanged away wins. And in August 2021, the Buffaloes simply destroyed the Blue-Blacks at home (6-1), so there is something to take revenge for now. Obviously, the cup is a chance for Brugge to win at least one trophy in the current season. And Gent looks unconvincing. We bet on the visitors to win with a zero handicap.