Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Varosi Stadion in Mezokovesdi will host Thursday’s Conference League qualifier between Zhodino and AEK Larnaca, who meet for the first time in European competitions. Zhodino play home game on a neutral location due to the current political situation in Belarus, which is probably the main reason why odds for away win have been dropping. New signing Evans Mensah is likely to make his debut against AEK Larnaca.
The Cypriotes, on the other hand, defeated Al Taee in their last warm-up game, meaning that they are high on spirits ahead of the trip to Hungary. Considering that Jose Luis Oltra has a number of quality internationals to choose from, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the away team. New signing Francisco Sol, who played for the likes of Malaga and Eibar in the past, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line.
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.