Our football match prediction:
Ten-man AEK Athens did remarkably well to hold Club Brugge to a goalless draw in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs. The Two-Headed Eagle totally deserved to grab something from Thursday’s football match, but the Greeks will have to be at their sharpest in the return leg if they are to make it to the Europa League group stages. Croatian attacker Mario Livaja, who was sent off in the first leg, misses the match through suspension and that is the main reason why yet another low-scoring game appears on the cards. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the second leg and we predict that the match will go into extra-time. You should bear in mind that the two teams were level on goal attempts in the goalless draw at Jan Breydel Stadion (12-12) and, taking everything into account, they are likely to play out a draw in Athens as well.
Highligted Player (Anthony Limbombe):
A Belgian player of Congolese descent, Athonhy Limbombe is a versatile forward who is equally able to play as a winger. The talented 22-year-old began his career at Racing Genk in 2010, while he spent the last two years as a member of Dutch side NEC Nijmegen. During a two-year spell in the Eredivisie, Anthony Limbombe made 65 league appearances for NEC scoring 21 goals during that time. Limbombe has been outstandingly impressive during the 2015-16 season when he scored 7 goals and notched 7 assists in the Eredivisie. Belgium international has long been linked with a move to English side Leeds, who followed him closely in Eredivisie, but Limbombe chose to return to Belgium in the summer of 2016 when he signed a deal with Club Brugge reportedly worth £2 million. Anthony Limbombe is yet to make his competitive debut for his new side, but the club management has huge expectations from a young forward who could go on to be a huge revelation in the Champions League.
Highlighted Team (Club Brugge):
Founded in 1891, Belgium giants Club Brugge are one of the most decorated football clubs in the country. Also known as Blauw-Zwart due to their Blue and Black colours, Club Brugge have been crown champions of Belgium on 14 occasions which is second to Anderlecht. Through their long-lasting history Club Brugge have enjoyed fair amount of European success.to this day in football history Club Brugge holds the European record number of consecutive participation in the UEFA Europa League – 20. The Blauw-Zwart have reached two European finals and two semi-finals so far. What is more, Club Brugge are the only Belgian side ever to play in the final of the European Cup so far, losing to Liverpool in the 1978 season. Two years prior, Club Brugge lost the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same rivals. Club Brugge play their home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which is also home to city rivals Cercle Brugge. The two sides form a formidable rivalry contested in the Bruges Derby.