Gent vs Antwerp – Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 30/01/22, Team News and Lineups

15:00, 30 jan 2022
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Two of the league’s top five teams face off when Gent host Antwerp in the Belgian First Division A on Sunday. Can Antwerp upset the odds to beat Gent for the fourth time in a row? Read our free predictions and betting picks for the game here.

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Bookmaker Ratings prediction one: Double Chance – Draw or Antwerp – 2.0

Bookmaker Ratings prediction two: Under 2.5 Goals – 1.85

Bookmaker Ratings prediction three: Handicap – Antwerp +1.0 Goal – 1.91

Antwerp Double Chance

Despite their loftier league position, Antwerp will start Sunday’s game at Gent as underdogs, though recent history suggests the away side could be worth backing in the double chance market. Antwerp have beaten Gent in each of the clubs’ last three encounters and they are unbeaten in five meetings with them overall since 2019.

Under 2.5 Goals

Tussles between Gent and Antwerp have routinely been low-scoring affairs and we expect another chess-like battle to develop when the teams renew acquaintances on Sunday. 100% of the sides’ last four skirmishes have produced under 2.5 goals and margins could be similarly slim this weekend.

Handicap: Antwerp +1.0 Goal

As we detailed above, Antwerp have had the upper hand in this fixture over the past three years and having recorded wins to nil in each of their last three meetings with Gent, The Reds can approach Sunday’s game with confidence. A +1.0 goal bet in the handicap markets in Antwerp’s favour would have landed in each of their last five scuffles with Gent.

Preliminary review and match prediction for Gent vs Antwerp

Royal Antwerp have been producing plenty of kingly performances this season and the Reds look well on their way to emulating last season’s second place finish in the Belgian First Division A in 2021/22.

Brian Priske’s charges hit a bump in the road in midweek however, when they were held to an uninspiring 1-1 draw at home by Sint-Truiden, though the point was still enough to move Antwerp into second spot ahead of Club Brugge.

Despite losing just five times in 23 league fixtures this season, Antwerp will kick-off Sunday’s encounter with Gent as underdogs, though the bookmakers’ faith in the hosts this weekend could well be misplaced.

Gent have limped out of the blocks following the end of the winter break, drawing three times in a row since the campaign’s resumption and manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck cut a frustrated figure on Tuesday evening when his players fluffed their lines against struggling Oostende (1-1).

The Buffalos mustered 17 attempts but failed to convert enough chances to win and scoring goals has proven difficult throughout the campaign for Gent – indeed, their 36-goal haul is the lowest in the league’s top six.

That lack of punch in the final third could hold Gent back again when they face an Antwerp side that has already beaten them to nil this term (1-0, October 3rd). In fact, Antwerp are searching for their fourth straight victory over Gent this weekend.

The visitors are undefeated in five previous meetings with Sunday’s opponents overall and with Gent’s stuttering form a factor, Antwerp look a generous price in the double chance market.

Safe Bets

The last four meetings between Gent and Antwerp have featured just five goals combined, with the net rippling just 1.25 times per 90 minutes on average. Under 2.5 goals landed on each occasion and with Sunday’s game expected to be keenly contested, bettors could find joy in the same market at 1.85 odds.

Get Quick Rich

Royal Antwerp have beaten Gent 1-0 in each of the clubs’ last three encounters and bettors on the lookout for a big price this weekend can back the Reds to prevail by the same scoreline at 12.0. Gent failed to register in two of their last four league assignments and their troubles in front of goal were evident again on Tuesday evening’s draw with Oostende.

Gent vs Antwerp first goalscorer

Michel Frey was the match-winner when Antwerp last played Gent in October, netting the game’s only goal in the 78th minute and the Swiss striker has bagged 18 goals in the First Division A overall. Ten of those 18 efforts were first goals for Antwerp and that outstanding record makes Frey a prime candidate in the first goalscorer stakes again on Sunday.

Gent vs Antwerp Team News

Gent’s trio Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui, Sulayman Marreh and Tarik Tissoudali are away at AFCON until next month, while key attacker Laurent Depoitre is laid low with COVID. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is also rated as doubtful.

Abdoulaye Seck is on AFCON duty and will miss out for Antwerp, while Benson Manuel, Viktor Fischer, Bruny Nsimba and Sander Coopman are all injured and considered doubtful. Aurelo Buta is back in training however, and will hope to feature.

Starting Lineups

Gent: Bolat – Hanche-Olsen, Okumu, Godeau – Samoise, Owusu, de Sart, Operi – Hjulsager, Casto-Montes, Bruno

Antwerp: Butez – de Laet, Engels, Dessodeil, Vines – Gerkens, Verstraete, Nainggolan – Balikwisha, Manuel, Frey

Highlighted Player

Michel-Ange Balikwisha

20-year-old Antwerp hotshot Michel-Ange Balikwisha has been making waves and turning heads in Belgium with his dynamic performance this season. The versatile attacker has scored twice in as many games for his club and his direct style of play should cause Gent plenty of problems on Sunday.

Most popular FAQ for Gent vs Antwerp

Who won the last meeting between these clubs?

Antwerp beat Gent 1-0 when the teams last met back on October 3rd.

Where will this fixture be played?

Sunday’s fixture will be played at the GHELAMCO-arena in Gent.

Which bookmaker has the best odds for this game?

We recommend checking out the odds at William Hill for Gent vs Antwerp.

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