Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
AEK Arena will host Thursday’s Conference League game between AEK Larnaca and Dnipro, the two teams who faced each other in the Europa League qualifiers earlier this season. Back then AEK Larnaca outclassed Dnipro 5-1 on aggregate, and it is no wonder the Cypriotes are seen as favourites to win the first leg. Ivan Trickovski is widely expected to return to the starting XI after scoring as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Chloraka, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Ukrainians, on the other hand, have yet to kick off the second half of the season. Dnipro are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, but seeing that they are still on winter break, we are tempted to put our money on AEK Larnaca this time out. Argentina duo Blanco – Purita remain on the sidelines with injuries for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Roberto Rosales):
Born in Caracas, Venezuela on November 20, 1988, Roberto Rosales is a pacey full back who plays for Malaga in La Liga. Rosales started his career at the youth team of Deportivo Gulima and he played for his home-town club Caracas during his youth career as well.
After making two appearances in the league for Caracas, the Venezuela international joined Belgian side Gent in 2007 and he played for De Buffalo’s until 2010. Roberto Rosales scored five goals in 72 games for Gent in the Belgian top flight and in the summer of 2010 he signed a three-year deal with Eredivisie side Twente. He quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Twente and you should bear in mind that he played 118 games in the Dutch elite division for the club.
On July 9, 2014 Roberto Rosales moved to Spain, signing a three-year deal with Malaga and he has been playing for los Boquerones ever since. Speaking of his international career, he made his debut for Venezuela on March 28, 2007 in a 5-0 win over New Zealand.
Highlighted Team (AEK Larnaca):
AEK Larnaca are a Cypriot side that compete in the Cypriot 1. Division. AEK Larnaca were founded in July, 1994 and they have yet to win the national championship. However, they did well to win the domestic cup on two occasions (2003/2004, 2017/2018), with the team beating the likes of AEL and Apollon Limassol respectively in the title game.
The Guardians wear white shirts with a little yellow and green on it and white shorts when playing at home, while their away colours are gray and black. AEK Larnaca will compete in the Europa League in the 2018/2019 season, with the team facing the likes of Zurich, Bayer Leverkusen and Ludogorets in Group A.
The Cypriotes booked their place in the group stages of the competition by beating Trencin in the two-legged tie. AEK Larnaca welcome their rivals at AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis Larnaca, the stadium which can hold up to 7,400 spectators. AEK Larnaca play their home games on natural grass.