Gent looked really well in their 3:0 victory on the road to KV Mechelen last Saturday night. They took the lead via Bezus in the first minute of the match, having way better circumstances from that moment on.
It was far easier for them to play, scoring twice more in the second halftime via David in 50th and Niangbo in the fifth minute of added time. It was Gent who created more in the first, but once they have scored the second goal, they lowered down the tempo and allowed their opponents to have some decent offensive moves.
It was a fourth consecutive victory for Gent, as they look far more stable in recent weeks and are scoring goals easier. They remain to be nine points behind the leaders from Club Brugge and with only three more than third-placed Antwerp.
The hosts miss defensive midfielder Kums (18/1), while injured are midfielder Dejaegere (9/0) and forward Yaremchuk (18/10).
Anderlecht comes from a narrow home victory over Mouscron last Sunday afternoon, thanks to an only goal scored back in the 70th minute by Colassin. Overall, the game belonged to them and it was definitely them who deserved more out of the clash.
They were better from the first minute, creating chances in decent number, with the guests staying passive and only trying via some counter-attacking chances.
The hosts looked better in the first halftime and deserved to score back then, but got the goal out of more balanced second halftime. Overall, undoubtedly they were the ones who looked better on the field.
This is now a second consecutive victory for them, previously winning narrowly away to Cercle Brugge too with a late goal in the fourth minute of added time. They are now just four points behind the playoff zone and still with some chances to reach the European exit after a very turbulent season.
Anderlecht continues to struggle with injuries, missing now central defender Sandler (9/0), midfielders Trebel (4/0), Gerkens (7/0), Nasri (7/1) and important Verschaeren (19/2). Offensive midfielder Chadli (16/7) is doubtful coming from injury problem, while questionable is also forward Roofe (13/6). A couple of players didn't even play this season and continue to miss.
Anderlecht did look a bit better in the last two rounds and got the victories, but the match against Gent now should be simply too much for them.
The hosts have shown so much more during the whole season, while their ball movement and creation of chances remain and much higher level than what Anderlecht is showing, even when slightly improved.
Gent vs Anderlecht betting tips
Gent Wins (Stake: 8)Odds: 1.60 at Pinnacle
Result: 1-1 LOST (-8 units)