Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Olympic Stadium of Athens “Spiros Louis” will host the Europa League playoffs clash between AEK Athens and Wolfsburg. The Greeks set up a meeting with the Bundesliga outfit by beating St. Gallen 1-0 on the road, and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the decider. Former Norwich attacker Nelson Oliveira, who scored the winner in the third qualifying round, should be deployed up front alongside Croatia international Marko Livaja.
The Wolves, on the other hand, booked their place in the playoffs thanks to two routine wins over Kukesi (4-0) and Desna (2-0). The Germans have been impressive at the back in all competitions at the start of the season, and seeing that AEK are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
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 (Wolfsburg):
Wolfsburg are a German football club founded in the aftermath of the World War II (1945). Die Wolfe (The Wolves) wear green and white shirts and they play their home games at Volkswagen Arena. The capacity of the stadium is 30,000 and it was opened on 13 December, 2002.
It is well known that German car manufacturer Volkswagen are the club’s main sponsors. Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga trophy in 2009 and the likes of Edin Dzeko, Grafite and Zvjezdan Misimovic were part of the club’s golden generation.
You should bear in mind that Grafite and Dzeko scored 54 goals between each other in the 2008/2009 Bundesliga campaign and that the team clinched the trophy thanks to a 5-1 win over Werder Bremen on 23 May, 2009. Die Wolfe won the German Cup trophy in 2015, with the team beating star-studded Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the title game. Wolfsburg are a team that has no bitter rivals in German football.