Belgian teams in Europa League preview

23.10.2019

Both KAA Gent and Standard Liège have so far done well enough in the Europa League. Their journey through Europe now puts both of the Belgian teams against strong German opposition. On Thursday, October 24 at 6.55 p.m., KAA Gent hosts Wolfsburg, while Standard Liège travels to meet Eintracht Frankfurt at 9 p.m.. There is a lot on the line for our Belgians here, as beating tough teams in their group could make a statement to resonate into the EL’s next round. Let’s read up on some key info that can help us bet smarter!

KAA Gent – Wolfsburg

KAA Gent has been confirming its strong home record with a third place in the Belgian Pro League after 10 games played. The Buffalos recovered from a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Club Bruges by besting Waasland-Beveren. Wolfsburg, on the other hand, has not lost a single Bundesliga game so far this season, while even leader Borussia Mönchengladbach lost 2 times already. This feat puts Wolfsburg currently in second place, before big powerhouses Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund even.

Both KAA Gent and Wolfsburg have one victory and one draw in their group so far, so winning here would make a great point to the main competitor for group phase domination. Conversely, a draw would help neither team, so we can expect two teams fighting an open game. Can the Ghentians improve on their home record and create a gap on their German opposition? Odds suggest a tight game, with @2.85 for a KAA Gent win, @3.60 for a draw and @2.44 for a Wolfsburg win…

Statistics:

  • Head to head (2 games): 2 victories for Wolfsburg
  • Average goals per match: 3
  • KAA Gent’s recent results (all competitions): win-win-draw-loss-win
  • Wolfsburg’s recent results (all competitions): draw-win-draw-win-draw

Fingers crossed for a hard-fought KAA Gent victory to continue its 8-game unbeaten streak? Get ‘Halftime/fulltime: Draw/KAA Gent’ @6.60!

Eintracht Frankfurt – Standard Liège

Eintracht Frankfurt managed a strong season last year, and saw its efforts rewarded with Europa League participation. So far, it has not managed to replicate the previous season’s exploits, finding itself stuck at an unfortunate eighth place in the Bundesliga after 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. Standard Liège, on the other hand, sits in a comfortable second place in the Belgian Pro League. The Rouches extracted 23 points through 7 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats out of the 11 competition games so far this season.

These two teams have not met before in any relevant capacity, but Frankfurt’s home advantage could prove a decisive factor, as odds @1.49 for a home win, @4.80 for a draw and @6.20 for an away win would indicate. Both teams are level at 3 points in their group headed by Arsenal, so this encounter could prove pivotal if either team robs the other of sorely needed points. Eintracht hasn’t scored against a Belgian side yet, and Standard hasn’t won in Germany in 8 games. Which way will this go?

Statistics:

  • Eintracht Frankfurt’s UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League history (92 games): 52 victories, 18 draws, 22 defeats
  • Standard Liège’s UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League history (70 games): 30 victories, 18 draws, 22 defeats
  • Eintracht Frankfurt’s recent results (all competitions): draw-win-win-draw-win
  • Standard Liège’s recent results (all competitions): win-draw-loss-draw-win

Would you believe in an upset victory for Standard Liège @6.20?

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