Place: Belgium. Gent. Gent Stadium.
Date: on the 23rd of August, 2018 (Thursday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Europa League. 4th qualification round. 1st matches.
The Franco-Flemish battle
In frames of the current qualification stage of the Europa League two representatives of national championship of Belgium with very conformable names are playing. These are Genk and Gent. Of course, these are absolutely different clubs. Blue Genk (an analog of the colors of Chelsea, London) is in the East of the country in the province Limburg where a state language is Dutch.
The Blue and Whites Gent (the Buffalos) is based in the capital of east Flanders. Here Dutch is also the state language. We will remind you that in the modern Kingdom of Belgium there are two state languages and therefore, the whole country is divided into the Dutch North and the French South.
Of course, the forthcoming two matches battle of one of the best clubs of Dutch Flanders Gent with top French club Bordeaux is extremely important. This is everlasting battle of two geographical neighbors.
Unsuccessful start of the new season
Despite language distinctions, today’s rivals are united by the general unsuccessful beginning of the new season in the national leagues. In three last calendar matches of the Jupiler Pro League the team of Yves Vanderhaeghe has won only one victory over Waasland – Beveren (4:1) and one more point the Buffalos have gained during home match with Zulte Waregem (1:1). Now Gent has four points and the ninth position.
The club from Aquitaine takes only the sixteenth place in the table of the new French season. The leading football editions of the country have even published information that in the next few days Bordeaux will suffer the dismissal of Thierry Henry (the famous forward of Barcelona and Arsenal in recent past) who is now fighting with the Gustavo Poyet’s club. We will remind you that the world champion 1998 during the recent FIFA World Cup Russia was working as the assistant of the head coach of the national team of Belgium (Roberto Martinez).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Gent vs. Bordeaux
But, to tell the truth it should be noted that on the sixteenth place the club from Aquitaine have appeared after the one and only defeat in the home match with Strasbourg (0:2). Of course, now the management of the club expects the result of the first in the new season away match in Toulouse. And the chances of Gent and Bordeaux to win the first meeting are approximately equal according to the quotations of the main outcomes presented by the bookmakers: Gent – 2.40, Bordeaux – 2.80.
Until recently, the final victory of Bordeaux in this Franco-Belgian war was more predictable. However now, in connection with the conflict in the camp of the club from Aquitaine, we prefer the Buffalos.