Cercle Brugge has Gent at the Jan Breydel Arena on Saturday (May 13) in the Jupiler Expert League qualification playoffs. The hosts have had blended results this season however are in European playoff contention. Brugge beat Westerlo 5-3 in their last game.
Thibo Somers and team top scorer Ayase Ueda scored support to get a merited success for Miron Muslic’s men. Brugge is third in the qualifying round standings with 29 places. They’re five focuses behind Gent the top of the heap.
Gent, in the meantime, has started off the qualification playoffs in strong fashion, shaking off their drowsy finish to the customary season. They beat Standard Lord 2-1 in their last game. Gift Emmanuel Orban opened the scoring soon after the half-hour mark before league top scorer Hugo Cuypers scored the victory in the second half.
Cerle is on a four-game unbeaten run, winning threefold. They have lost only one home game the entire year and will fancy their possibilities here. Gent, in the meantime, is on a run of consecutive wins after going winless in five. They have lost only one of their last six away games across competitions and could get a point.
Prediction: Brugge 2-2 Gent
Gent coming into the game after having enrolled three consecutive victories that have placed them in a perfect balance with respect to the Conference League end-of-the-season games. The club has a seven-point advantage over Standard Lord following the new games.
Mentor Hein Vanhaezebrouck comes into the match without Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Sulayman Marreh, Laurent Depoitre, Núrio Fortuna, and Darko Lemajic inaccessible because of injuries.
Cercle Brugge :
Miron Muslic will be left frustrated about the weighty misfortune suffered in the last match and Cercle Brugge is expecting redemption in the impending match. The Gent vs Cercle Brugge lineups will feature two or three non-attendants because of injuries and suspension.
Christiaan Ravych is the player missing on account of his suspension while Senna Miangue, Edgaras Utkus, and David Sousa are inaccessible in view of injuries.
There have been 40 gatherings between the two teams, with Gent driving 22-11. Brugge have won two of their last three games in the fixture after going winless in three. Gent is without a spotless sheet in seven games across competitions.
Only two of Brugge’s ten league defeats this season have come at home. Gent has scored 69 league goals this season. Only Regal Union Saint-Gilloise (72) and Genk (82) have scored more. The Buffalos have the joint-second-best defensive record in the Master League this season, conceding 40 times.
Paul Nardi, Matisse Samoise, Kamil Piatkowski, Jordan Torunarigha, A. Castro-Montes, Andrew Hjulsager, Sven Kums, Julien De Sart, Hyun-Seok Hong, Hugo Cuypers, Gift Orban
Cercle Brugge :
Radoslaw Majecki, Boris Popovic, Christiaan Ravych, Jesper Daland, Hugo Siquet, L. Da Silva, Abu Francis, Olivier Deman, Thibo Somers, Ayase Ueda, Yann Gboho
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