- Gent finished last season with four wins in a row to finish top of the Europa Conference play-offs.
- Gent scored 14 goals in their last four away games of 2020-21.
- Sint-Truidense finished 15th last season and have since lost several players.
Gent could get feeling of deja vu
Gent will be keen to avoid falling into the trap that awaited them on the first Sunday of last season’s First Division A campaign when they lost at Sint-Truidense.
De Buffalo had finished strongly the season before to grab second place but were turned over 2-1 by their unfancied hosts.
The parallels are scarily similar this year with Gent in the midst of a European campaign after four wins in a row took them to fifth in 2020-21.
While all the talk surrounding Sint-Truidense is that this will finally be the year when they make the relegation plunge after a couple of seasons of decline.
De Canaries flirted with the drop last season with disaster only averted following the appointment of Peter Maes, who has now left.
His successor Bernd Hollerbach is already in the hot-seat after a few weeks with things looking grim.
At the moment, the German barely has 16 full-fledged first-team squad members and only one new addition from last term – winger Aboubakary Koita – while last season’s 17-goal top scorer Yuma Suzuki is firmly in the shop window.
But while he remains they have a chance and because Sint-Truidense scored in 12 of their 17 home games last term we are minded to take Both Teams to Score as the main bet.
However, if we were being forced to nominate a winner we would still go with Gent, reflected in our preferred correct score bet of 2-1 to the visitors this time.
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