Gent have been in fine form in this competition until now and they face a Bordeaux side who have recently run into some crisis that could spoil the hard work they have done until now.
After beating Mariupol last week to reach this round Bordeaux fired Gus Poyet after he openly criticised the club’s decision to sell striker Gaetan Laborde against his will. He had told them to only sell when they have replaced him, but the club did not heed his advice and the Uruguayan branded their action a disgrace.
The club’s president thought he went too far and decided to fire him to show him who the boss was. This situation would certainly affect their players when they take to the team for this game and that would give Gent an advantage which they should take in this first leg.
Gent come into this game in fine form having won their last four games and they would be looking for a fifth consecutive win against this French visitors who struggled without their manager in their last game against Toulouse.
Gent haven’t lost any of their last six home games and they have scored 11 goals in their last four games so they have both form and momentum on their side ahead of this game.
This is the first meeting between these teams.