Altach had to start their season much earlier than most of Austrian and European sides, as the team had to start from first qualifying round of Europa League, since they firstly progressed over Gerogian side Chikhura by taking a narrow 1:0 victory on the road and drawing 1:1 at home, which was enough for the side to have a second round game against side from Belarus Brest.
After a 1:1 draw at home against Brest, they convincingly won on the road 3:0, showing class difference thanks to goals from Ngamaleu, Nutz and Netzer. Finally, they took a 1:1 draw in the first leg against Gent, taking the lead and surprising their opponent thanks to a goal in fifth minute via Ngwat-Mahop. It was overall a very open game, but must be said that the hosts had more of the ball possession and looked as a better side, finally managing to leverl up in 76th minute via Coulibaly. They also come from a 4:1 defeat on the road to Admira in second round of Bundesliga, with the coach changing the team a bit.
Goalkeeper Lukse (0/0) is continuing to be injured, same as midfielder Prokopic (0/0). Doubtful are defender Lienhart (1/0) and forward Ngwat-Mahop (0/0).
Gent surely can’t be satisfied with just a draw in the first leg, as the team now needs to chase a goal and probably a victory. There was no doubt that they were better in the first leg, however failed to convert ball possession and to be way more concrete in the final effort overall.
It’s something that the players of Gent will need to work on, since they expect to play in Europa League once again and impress after last season’s 1/8 finals stage and exclusion from Genk in a local game. Obviously their entrance in the season isn’t going in the best possible direction, since the team suffered 3:2 loss on the road to St Truiden in season opener last Sunday evening showing plenty of defensive gaps.
Gusts will miss defender Gershon (0/0) and midfielders Andrijasevic (1/1), Renato Neto, Saief and Foket, all three without performing so far in the season.
An open game is what seems the most logical consequence here. Gent is known for offensive power and will need to attack here, while Altach at home, surely knows how to respond. Overall, both of these sides are way better in attack than in defense and three goals can easily be scored here even after the first halftime. I see perfect value in this one.