Westerlo vs Gent lineups – Gift Orban expected to go about business until Spurs offer

Westerlo vs Gent lineups – Gift Orban expected to go about business until Spurs offer
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All eyes will be on Gift Orban as Westerlo go head-to-head with Gent in the third round of the Belgian Pro League on Sunday. The match will take place at the Het Kuipje stadium in Westerlo at 18:15 BST.

Westerlo vs Gent probable lineups

Westerlo

Goalkeeper: Sinan Bolat
Defenders: Bryan Reynolds, Roman Neustadter, Ravil Tagir, Jordan Bos
Midfielders: Yosuke Matsuo, Nicolas Madsen, Mathias Fixelles, Thomas Van den Keybus
Forwards: Matija Frigan, Erdon Daci

For Westerlo, they've set their eyes to avoid another defeat on home soil having lost to Club Brugge last week. Jonas De Roeck must be particularly concerned about his team's defensive frailties, and will look to make corrections ahead of Gent's visit.

Gent

Goalkeeper: Davy Roef
Defenders: Matisse Samoise, Ismael Kandouss, Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Jordan Torunarigha
Midfielders: Sven Kums, Julien De Sart, Hyunseok Hong
Forwards: Malick Fofana, Hugo Cuypers, Gift Emmanuel Orban

Hein van Haezebrouck's side have no injury concerns at the moment, and is expected to start in-form Gift Orban in this clash after the Nigerian striker was an unused sub in Gent's last league outing at KV Mechelen last week as his team seek to continue their impressive run across all competitions this season.

Westerlo vs Gent confirmed lineups

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Westerlo

Westerlo
1
Sinan Bolat
tr
22
Bryan Reynolds
us
4
Mathias Fixelles
be
79
Yusuke Matsuo
jp
39
Thomas Van Den Keybus
be
8
Nicolas Madsen
dk
5
Jordan Bos
au
9
Matija Frigan
hr
33
Roman Neustadter
ru
32
Edisson Jordanov
bg
2
Pietro Perdichizzi
be
Substitutes
13
Adedire Mebude
gb
76
Lucas Stassin
be
11
Muhammed Gumuskaya
tr
24
Ravil Tagir
tr
29
B. Irish Fernand Goure
ci
25
Tuur Rommens
be
20
Nick Gillekens
be

Gent

Gent
7
Hyeon-seok Hong
kr
20
Gift Emmanuel Orban
ng
24
Sven Kums
be
13
Julien De Sart
be
1
Paul Nardi
fr
18
Matisse Samoise
be
17
Andrew Hjulsager
dk
4
Tsuyoshi Watanabe
jp
11
Hugo Cuypers
be
23
Jordan Torunarigha
de
5
Ismael Kandouss
ma
Substitutes
19
Malick Fofana
be
15
Bram Lagae
be
8
Pieter Gerkens
be
21
Brian Emo Agbor
kh
33
Davy Roef
be
10
Tarik Tissoudali
ma
22
Noah Fadiga
be

Westerlo vs Gent predictions

Prediction 1: Gent to Emerge Victorious

Gift Orban and his club, Gent, have enjoyed a brilliant start to their league season after kicking things off with a 3-2 win over Kortrijk before beating Mechelen 1-0 in game week two. What followed next was a 5-0 thrashing of Pogon Szczecin during the midweek. Gent will be looking to continue their winning streak on Sunday, and we're backing them to do so, when they play a Westerlo side they've defeated in their last two meetings.

Prediction 2: Gift Orban to Score

Gift Orban is enjoying yet another start to the league season having scored five goals for Gent in three matches so far. Orban is coming into this game directly from a hat-trick performance in his last outing against Pogon Szczecin, and will be eager to continue his goals scoring form for his team while awaiting an offer from Tottenham Hotspur following Harry Kane's move to Bayern.

Prediction 3: Over 2.5 Total Goals

Westerlo vs Gent is a fixture that produced lots of goals in the past. These sides have met 11 times ahead of Sunday's game; with eight of the encounters seeing at least three goals. It'll interest you to know that both team's last five meetings have seen a minimum of three goals. Furthermore, Westerlo have been involved in five high-scoring games in their last seven matches, while Gent's last seven games have witnessed at least three goals in six matches. It'll be surprising to see both sides fail to score at least three goals as they begin hostilities on Sunday evening.

Westerlo recent form

The home side are coming into this match from a 0-1 loss to Club Brugge in their last match where they got lucky to lose only by a goal margin. Prior to that, Westerlo played out a 2-2 draw with Eupen in their first league game. Currently in 12th place, they will be looking for their first win this season; and it'll be interesting how they can pull that off against a form side as Gent.

Gent recent form

Hein van Haezebrouck has overseen two consecutive wins for Gent in the Belgian league, to add with their three wins in the Europa Conference League. Overall, Gent have strung five straight wins across all competitions, and will aim to make it six as they square off with Westerlo at the Het Kuipje stadium.

Player to watch out for in Westerlo vs Gent match

Gift Orban

Gent striker, Gift Orban celebrates scoring
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Orban has continued his scoring form of last season into the new campaign. His three goals during the midweek against Pogon took his tally for the new season to five. So far, the 21-year-old striker has netted 25 goals in his last 25 games. Keep an eye on Orban who stands a chance of moving to the Premier League in the next few weeks should Tottenham bid to replace Harry Kane.

Where to watch Westerlo vs Gent live on TV

At the moment, countries like Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana do not have broadcasting rights to the Belgian League. But you can catch all the actions as Gift Orban takes to the field if you have the Gent TV app. Fans can also watch the highlights of this match on both teams' official YouTube channels.

This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago

Joseph is a freelance writer who spends most of his time writing engaging football contents. Based in Nigeria, Joseph is a die-hard Real Madrid fan with over 8 years experience in the sports betting space. He has covered football match previews, predictions, and news across leagues in Africa and Europe.