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KAA Gent are set to play against KV Mechelen in Sunday’s upcoming First Division A - Play-Offs clash.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for KAA Gent v KV Mechelen, scroll down - plus the latest match odds.
KAA Gent will be looking for another win after a 2-7 First Division A victory against SV Zulte Waregem.
In that match, KAA Gent managed 54% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 7 on target. For KAA Gent, the goalscorers were Alessio Castro-Montes (14', 40'), Roman Yaremchuk (29', 84'), Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (48'), Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (63') and Alexander De Bruyn (75'). SV Zulte Waregem got 6 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Gianni Bruno (80') and Ewoud Pletinckx (86') scored for SV Zulte Waregem.
Fixtures featuring KAA Gent have often been absorbing encounters of late with high scoring anticipated. Over their past half dozen clashes alone, the sum of 22 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 14 of them accredited to De Buffalo's . We will have to find out whether or not that trend will be continued on in this game.
KV Mechelen head into the encounter after a 1-4 First Division A win versus KV Kortrijk in their most recent fixture.
In that match, KV Mechelen had 57% possession and 18 shots on goal with 11 on target. For KV Mechelen, goals were scored by Kerim Mrabti (28'), Nikola Storm (35', 46') and Rob Schoofs (81'). On the other side, KV Kortrijk had 11 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Faiz Selemani (10') scored for KV Kortrijk.
The stats don’t lie, and KV Mechelen have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 12 goals overall. Defensively, Mechelen have some weaknesses to address.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head to head meetings dating back to 12/08/2017 tells us that KAA Gent have won 3 of these games and KV Mechelen 0, with the tally of drawn results being 3.
15 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 11 from De Buffalo's and 4 created by Mechelen. That’s an average goals per game of 2.5.
The last league match between the two was First Division A match day 27 on 19/02/2021 which ended up with the score at KV Mechelen 1-1 KAA Gent.
The referee was Alexandre Boucaut.
Team News: KAA Gent
KAA Gent boss Hein Vanhaezebrouck has zero fitness worries at all ahead of this game thanks to a fully healthy group available for selection.
Team News: KV Mechelen
Mechelen manager Wouter Vrancken has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Gustav Engvall (Knee Injury) and Gaëtan Coucke (Torn Meniscus) are not ready for selection.
In our view, KAA Gent should convert a lot of goal-scoring opportunities.
At the same time, KV Mechelen might well find it a difficult task to get a goal of their own although we do reckon that they could well end up converting at least once as well.
We’re tipping a decent 3-1 margin for KAA Gent at the end of the 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ghelamco Arena (20,000)
Captain: Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe
Chairman: Ivan De Witte
Manager: Hein Vanhaezebrouck
Competitions: First Division A position 7, UEFA Qual (Play-Offs)
🔑 Key Player: Osman Bukari
Normally played in the Right Wing position, Osman Bukari was born in Accra, Ghana. Having made his senior debut playing for KAA Gent in the 2020 - 2021 season, the dangerous Forward has accumulated 4 league goals in this First Division A 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 25 appearances.