Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
West Ham and AEK Larnaca face each other at London Stadium in a David-vs-Goliath clash. The Hammers won the first leg in style (2-0), and they are now on a quest to defend their two-goal lead in front of home fans. The good news for the hosts is that Michail Antonio, who scored a brace in the first leg, has overcome his injury, but both Fabianski and Coufal remain in the recovery room.
The Cypriotes, on the other hand, face an uphill task in the return leg, as they need to record a big win over the star-studded Premier League side. As previously mentioned, David faces Goliath in London, and anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. Both Garcia and Pons are back from suspensions, but Gama and Paraskevas should miss out with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Tomas Soucek):
Tomas Soucek is a Czech Republic international who plays for both Slavia Prague and the Czech national team. Soucek is a product of Slavia Prague football academy and after spending several years at the likes of Viktoria Zizkov and Slovan Liberec, he returned to the Sinobo Stadium outfit in the 2017/2018 season.
Tomas Soucek has established himself as a first-team regular at Slavia Prague and he made his debut with Czech Republic on November 15, 2016 in a friendly against Denmark. The 192-cm tall midfielder has 13 caps for Czech Republic U21 team as well.
His main position on the field is defensive midfield, but he is used as central midfielder and centre-back as well. Tomas Soucek was born in Havlickuv Brod on February 27, 1995. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Slavia Prague should expire on June 30, 2024.
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.