Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Kosicka futbalova arena will host Thursday’s Conference League game between Dnipro-1 and AEK Larnaca. The Ukrainians aim to overcome a one-goal deficit, but seeing that the return leg will be played on the neutral location, home win should not be considered. All Matarrita, Purita, and Luchkevych should miss out with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team. The Cypriotes, on the other hand, are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the second leg, which is the main reason why we are going to bet on under 2.5 goals.
With no fresh injury worries to report, boss Jose Luis Oltra is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Dnipro at AEK Arena. Keep in mind, though, that both Gama and Paraskevas remain on the sidelines with injuries. Portugal forward Rafa Lopes should be recalled to the starting XI after he was rested in a 2-1 loss to AEL Limassol.
Highlighted Player (Nenad Tomovic):
Nenad Tomovic is a Serbian football player who was born in Kragujevac on 30 August, 1987. The centre back, who is capable of playing as a full back as well, started his senior career at Crvena zvezda, making 40 league appearances for the former European champions.
Tomovic moved to Italy in 2009, signing a deal with Genoa, but he played no more than 14 league games for the Rossoblu. After ending his loan-spell with Lecce Nenad Tomovic joined Fiorentina in 2012 in a co-ownership deal (Genoa and Fiorentina). The Serbian international quickly established himself as a first-team regular and he made 24 league appearances for the Viola in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign.
Nenad Tomovic made his Serbia debut on 14 December, 2008 in a 1-0 loss to Poland, but he was forced to miss the 2010 FIFA World Cup through injury. Speaking of his youth career, Tomovic played for the likes of Radnicki Kragujevac, FK Rad and Red Star Belgrade.
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.