Gent have stabilized in their recent matches and will be hoping to carry on the same way when they host Omonia Nicosia in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. The hosts come into this game with two straight wins and are unbeaten in the last four matches. They started the season with a loss but have done well in the last four games, improving match by match and after failing to score in the first game, they have managed two or more goals in three of their last four games. Three times in the last four games also, their matches have produced over 2.5 goals. They have no clean sheet in their last five matches and both teams have scored in the last four.
Omonia Nicosia will be hoping to improve on their 2-0 loss to Apollon in their first competitive game of the season, as they go into this clash. Their loss to Apollon in the Super Cup was the second time in three matches that Omonia Nicosia failed to score but in three of their last five matches they have clean sheets and have scored two or more goals. Only one of their last five matches has produced over 2.5 goals. Surprisingly, they have a good away run, winning three of their last four and keeping three clean sheets in their last five matches. In their last two away games though, they’ve conceded twice in each. In five Europa League matches, Omonia have one clean sheet in the last five and they’ve conceded two or more in three of five.
These two sides have proven to be good in attack as they go into this game and this is a feature we expect to come out when they face off, so both sides scoring should be expected. However, in the hosts’ recent form, we will also expect them to win here. Thus both sides scoring and Gent winning is a good pick.