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Local Derby Turns the Heat up in the Belgian Pro LeaguePublished July 31, 2015 by Florin P
The first Belgian Derby pits Gent against Genk (19:30 UK Time).
Gent took Belgian football fans by surprise last season when they challenged the leaders until the final rounds and managed to overtake Anderlecht. They were tied for the second-place with the perennial favorites and will make another attempt this season and Genk is the first tough opponent to overcome.
Home Pitch Advantage versus Superior Form
Gent is a force to be reckoned with when it plays in front of its fans and it was at Ghelamco Arena where they collected most of their points last season. Two weeks ago they defeated the reigning champions at this venue, thanks to a goal scored in the final minutes of the game. The hosts hope for a similar turn of events when they welcome Genk, but the visitors are not to be taken lightly.
Genk has a reputation of being a resilient team with a formidable defensive and they consolidated their backline during the season break. They built on the strong season finish and won all friendly games played this summer, while also winning the opening round at home. Keeping clean sheets is what they do best and the visitors would gladly settle for yet another scoreless draw against Gent.
Head to Head Record Favors the Visitors
Gent was clearly the better team last season, but overall it is Genk who dominates the series with a vastly superior head to head record. The visitors are also in better form and won seven games in a row, while managing to avoid injuries, so they can field the best starting 11. Bet365 offers some spectacular odds on a victory on the road, but the current value of 15/4 is likely to drop as kickoff draws near. Risk-averse players should check out the double chance wager favoring the visiting team, which has odds that currently exceed even value.