Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Buoyed by a brilliant Premier League win over Arsenal, Leicester City will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on AEK in Athens in the Europa League group stages round 2. The Foxes kicked off their Europa League campaign with a routine 3-0 win over Zorya, and they are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Jamie Vardy has overcome his injury, but the experienced attacker, who scored the winner against Arsenal, is likely to be rested against AEK.
The hosts, on the other hand, suffered a 3-0 loss to Braga in their Europa League opener. The Yellow and Blacks defeated Giannina in the Greek Super League at the weekend, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football match. Even though Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to field the best possible side against AEK, away win should be considered as Leicester have been in a fine form of late.
Highlighted Player (Petros Mantalos):
Petros Mantalos is a Greece international who plays for AEK Athens as a midfielder. Mantalos was born in Komotini, Greece on August 31, 1991, starting his youth career at Xanthi. Speaking of his senior career, the right-footed midfielder played for Skoda Xanthi before joining AEK Athens in 2014.
Mantalos has established himself as a first-team regular at AEK and he played an important role in the team that won the national championship in the 2017/2018 season. To make things even better for the fans, AEK Athens booked their place in the Champions League thanks to a win over Celtic in the play-off.
Petros Mantalos made his international debut with Greece on September 7, 2014 against Romania. The AEK midfielder scored his first ever goal for the Greece national football team in a 2-1 win over Australia in June, 2016. His main position is attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both central and left midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Leicester):
Leicester City FC Is an English football club which was founded in 1884. The club ws originally founded as Leicester Fosse but due financial reasons the club changed its name in 1919 to Leicester City FC. The club is been playing in the Premier League and Championship on and off.
Leicester City hosts its home games in the King Power Stadium which holds a capacity of 33 000 seats. The club colors are blue and white. The Leicester fans call their club The Foxes.
Leicester City won 3 big titles: the League cup 3 times in 1964, 1997 and 2000. The club from Leicester managed to reach the FA Cup final 4 times. In lower English football divisions the club managed to win a couple of titles. The last time Leicester played in a European competition was in 2000/2001 where the club played, and lost 2 times against Red Star Belgrade. Remarkable players that played for Leicester City FC are Mancini, Lineker and Heskey.