Standard vs. Gent Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 21, 2022 20:45 CET
The Jupiler Pro League new season will be opened by Standard and Gent on Friday evening. This will also be one of the two most interesting matches in the first round.
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Last season, Standard played one of the weakest seasons in club’s history. They finished in a very low 14th place and changes were necessary. Norwegian expert Ronny Deila was chosen as new head coach. He was boss of Stromsgodset, Celtic and Valerenga in the past and he won titles both in Norway and Scotland. His challenge will be to finish this season in top5 and secure appearance in European competitions next year.
It won’t be an easy task knowing that Standard isn’t financially powerful as it used to be. They are not among five richest clubs in Belgium, so they will have to work hard to achieve their ambitions. During the summer, they sold Jackson Muleka to Besiktas, while Samuel Bastien signed for Burnley.
In the opening round of the Jupiler Pro League, Standard will play at home against Gent. A good result like a win would give wings to the players. Gent is one of the best clubs in country and this will be a great opportunity for Standard to see where they are at the moment. This team’s attack was the second worst in the league last season and that is something that Deila will have to improve a lot.
In 2015, Gent won domestic title for the first and only time in their history. After that, they played fantastically in the Champions League, where they passed group stage. They were eliminated by Wolfsburg in the round of 16. A year later, head coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck left club. In next three seasons, neither Gent nor Vanhaezebrouck did well, so the experienced coach returned to this club.
Last season, Gent shone again. They won the Belgian Cup, which ensured their appearance in the Europa League playoffs this year. Although clubs like Club Brugge, Anderlecht and Genk are richer and financially more powerful at the moment, Gent will surely be title contender. Vanhaezebrouck has shown in the past that he can produce results with this club and it will be interesting to see how far they will go this time.
Between the two seasons, Gent signed two players. They paid 4 million euros to Mechelen for Hugo Cuypers, while Jordan Torunarigha was bought from Hertha for 3.5 million. Gent will have a difficult task in Liege in the first round, although they played perfectly against Standard last season.
Gent has four wins in a row against Standard. Last season they played twice in the Jupiler Pro League and once in the Belgian Cup. Gent won all matches.
All players are available for Standard, while Vadis Odjija-Ofoe and Laurent Depoitre won’t play for Gent due to injuries.
Standard vs. Gent Prediction
Standard will certainly go for a win at home, while Gent won’ be satisfied with just one point. In the last 15 games between these two clubs, both teams scored 11 times.
Date and Time: 22.07.2022 20:45 CET
Pick: Both Teams to Score – YES