What to expect from Gent? Spurs in Europe

Yesterday Tottenham Hotspur were drawn against Belgian side Gent in the Europa League round of 32.

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Yesterday’s Europa League draw.

Tottenham Hotspur will play their first leg against Gent in Belgium with the second leg being played at home due to them being one of the four best-ranked third-place sides from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The two fixtures will be played next year on February 16th and 23rd.

The full draw is listed below:

Athletic Club (ESP) v APOEL (CYP)
Legia Warszawa (POL) v Ajax (NED)
Anderlecht (BEL) v Zenit (RUS)
Astra Giurgiu (ROU) v Genk (BEL)
Manchester United (ENG) v St-Étienne (FRA)
Villarreal (ESP) v Roma (ITA)
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v København (DEN)
Celta Vigo (ESP) v Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Olympiacos (GRE) v Osmanlıspor (TUR)
Gent (BEL) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Rostov (RUS) v Sparta Praha (CZE)
Krasnodar (RUS) v Fenerbahçe (TUR)
Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER) v Fiorentina (ITA)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) v Lyon (FRA)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v Beşiktaş (TUR)
PAOK (GRE) v Schalke (GER)

K.A.A. Gent’s supporters.

K.A.A. Gent are currently fifth in the Belgian Pro League and just three points away from the top spot with 18 games played so far this season.

The Belgian Pro League side finished second in their Europa League Group (H) behind Shakhtar Donetsk.

Out of the six group stage games, Gent won two, drew two and lost two.

Gent’s most recent success came at the end of the 2014/15 season when they were crowned Champions of Belgium after successfully winning the Pro League.

The Buffalos have won the Belgian Cup three times, most recently during the 2010/11 season where they also finished runners up in the league.

Current Wadi Degla SC manager and former Tottenham forward, Mido played for the Belgium side early on in his career.

The Egyptian scored 11 times in 23 appearances for during his time with Gent.

Mido (left) comes up against Chelsea’s John Terry (right)
With Tottenham being strong favourites going into the Round of 32, ElWriteBack takes a look at what to expect from their Belgian opponents.

The Belgian side reached the round of 16 last year before losing 4-2 on aggregate to German side, Wolfsburg. 

Gent have won three of their previous five Pro League fixtures, with the remaining two ending in draws.

Alongside this impressive form in their domestic league, Gent have also only conceeded once in their previous five fixtures.

Two players Spurs must look out for are forwards, Kalifa Coulibaly and Jeremy Perbet.

Coulibaly is a former PSG youngster having played for their reserve side over 85 times scoring a total of 30 goals.

The Mali international has impressed in all competitions this season having scored 13 goals in 25 appearances.

Kalifa Coulibaly has impressed for Gent this season.



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