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Belgian Pro League | Gameweek 40
May 21, 2022 at 7.45pm UK
GHELAMCO-arena

Gent
1 - 2
Charleroi

FT(HT: 1-1)
Gholizadeh (16'), Heymans (90+2')
Ozornwafor (44'), Gholizadeh (58')

Preview: Gent vs. Charleroi - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Belgian Pro League clash between Gent and Charleroi, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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On the final day of the Belgian top-flight campaign, Gent and Charleroi will do battle at the Ghelamco Arena on Saturday.

The hosts have already confirmed a first-placed finish in the second playoff group of the Belgium First Division A, while their visitors will be hoping for a result to stay ahead of Mechelen and achieve a third-placed group finish and seventh place on the whole.


Match preview

After a mixed campaign in the Belgian top flight, Gent enjoyed an eye-catching end to the regular season, winning eight of their last nine matches between February and April.

That saw them steam into contention for a place in the Championship group for the playoffs, but the head start Royal Antwerp had thanks to Gent's struggles meant that Hein Vanhaezebrouck's side were pipped to fourth spot by one point.

Coming into the second playoff group as leaders as a result, after triumphing in the Belgian Cup final on a penalty shootout against Anderlecht, De Buffalo's had a tough start, losing 1-0 to rivals Genk, but they were quickly able to bounce back against Saturday's opponents.

Vanhaezebrouck's side came from behind to beat Charleroi 3-1 away from home, and they have gone on to make it four wins in a row in the group, most recently avenging their loss to Genk by posting a 2-0 win away from home thanks to goals from Tarik Tissoudali and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

That result sealed a fifth-placed finish in the Belgian Pro League overall, and, with European qualification already secured thanks to their cup glory, De Buffalo's will aim to finish the season on a high with what would be five straight wins in an impressive second half since the turn of the year.

Charleroi, meanwhile, arrive aiming to build on their victory last time out and post another result to cement a third-placed finish in the playoff group.

After ending the regular season in sixth spot with 54 points from 34 outings, Saturday's visitors have endured a tough playoff campaign, beginning with consecutive defeats to Mechelen and Gent.

Les Zebres then forced a commendable 2-2 draw against Genk, thanks to Vakoun Issouf Bayo's 93rd-minute equaliser, before narrowly losing 3-2 in the reverse fixture.

Edward Still's side were finally able to make a return to winning ways last time out, posting an important 3-2 victory over Mechelen to leapfrog De Kakkers, as Bayo hit another two goals.

With that result leaving them third in the group, with a two-point lead over Mechelen, Still's side will look to finish with what would be an impressive win to confirm their current spot.

Gent Belgian Pro League form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Gent form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Charleroi Belgian Pro League form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W


Team News

Gent are set to remain without Andrew Hjulsager and key forward Laurent Depoitre, who has netted 10 league goals this season, due to injuries which have ruled them out of the entirety of the playoff campaign.

However, midfielder Roman Bezus will return to contention after serving a suspension last time out.

Vanhaezebrouck may look to field an unchanged side from the victory over Genk, with Tarik Tissoudali again set to lead the line after scoring his 21st league goal of the season last time out.

Charleroi will be without their own star forward, as Vakoun Issouf Bayo, who has netted two braces in the last three games, is on loan from Gent and therefore unable to feature against his parent club on Saturday.

That absence, combined with the January loss of top scorer Shamar Nicholson, could put more attacking responsibility on Ryota Morioka, who netted four goals and provided 10 assists in 30 appearances in the regular top-flight season.

Ali Gholizadeh will also play a key role, having netted seven league goals and provided five assists this campaign.

Gent possible starting lineup:
Roef; Godeau, Hanche-Olsen, Torunarigha; Samoise, Kums, Owusu, Castro-Montes; Odjidja-Ofoe; Tissoudali, Lemajic

Charleroi possible starting lineup:
Koffi; Knezevic, Ozornwafor, Wasinski; Nkuba, Ilaimaharitra, Heymans, Kayembe; Mbenza, Gholizadeh, Morioka


We say: Gent 2-0 Charleroi

Given their recent form and the quality in their squad, we can only envisage a relatively comfortable home victory on Saturday.

The visitors will miss the attacking threat of Bayo, and Gent have enough to outclass their visitors on home turf.

For additional data used by our team to analyse our suggested result please click here.


Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data


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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
Championship Round
1CharleroiCharleroi65103752-1545
2KortrijkKortrijk62132967-3831
RRWD MolenbeekRWDM62133976-3730
REupenEupen61142966-3728
Championship Round
CClub BruggeBrugge1073083354850
2Union SGUnion SG1042480433749
3Anderlecht1042470422846
4Genk1041559481137
5Cercle BruggeCercle Brugge1034357471037
6Royal AntwerpAntwerp1020862451732
Conference League Play-off Group
1GentGent1080280483248
2MechelenMechelen105145952739
3Sint-Truiden103434961-1233
4Leuven104334659-1330
5Westerlo102355974-1524
6Standard Liege100554568-2322
 
Regular Season
1Union SGUnion SG30217263313270
2Anderlecht30189358302863
3Royal AntwerpAntwerp301410655272852
CClub BruggeBrugge30149762293351
5Genk301211751312047
6GentGent301211753381547
7Cercle BruggeCercle Brugge301451144341047
8MechelenMechelen30136113934545
9Sint-Truiden301010103546-1140
10Standard Liege30810123341-834
11Westerlo3079144254-1230
12Leuven3078153447-1329
13CharleroiCharleroi3078152648-2229
REupenEupen3073202458-3424
15KortrijkKortrijk3066182257-3524
RRWD MolenbeekRWDM3058173167-3623
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