Our football match prediction:
NSK Olimpijs’kyj will host Thursday’s football game between Dynamo Kiev and AEK Athens. Dynamo Kiev scored a vital away goal in the first leg and, as a result, a goalless draw with AEK will see them book their place in the Europa League last 16. It is well known that the Ukrainians are tough to beat at home and the fact that they are on a ten-game unbeaten run at home in the Europa League is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of AEK. The Greeks need to score in the return leg if they are to keep their hopes of booking their place in the last 16, but that is easier said than done. Dynamo Kiev are enjoying a very successful season and we predict that they are going to emerge triumphant in the return leg. You should know that Aleksandr Khatskevich’s men crushed Partizan 4-1 in their last home game in the process.
Highlighted Player (Mykola Morozyuk):
Product of the club, Mycola Morozyuk is the 28-year-old right midfielder, who can effectively be deployed at right back as well. Having begun his career with the Kyiv giants in 2005, Morozyuk struggled to make his mark in the first team and was transferred to Metalurh Donetsk in 2010, the same year he was give his international debut. More than 120 appearances later and loans at the likes of Dnipro and Obolon Kyiv, the Ukrainian midfielder returned home to Dynamo Kyiv in 2015. Mycola Morozyuk was unfortunate to make an immediate impression following his return to the club he began his professional career with as he suffered a serious ligament injury at the beginning of 2016. Ligament issue limited his influence to mere 13 league appearances so far, but the 28-year-old lacks no motivation to finally earn his stripes with the Ukrainian giants.
Highlighted Team (AEK Athens):
Established in 1924, AEK Athens are one of a number of Greek clubs based in Athens. The Enosis (Union) are well known for their passionate fans and Original 21 are considered the club’s main supporters’ group. AEK Athens play their home games in black shirts with yellow stripes and black shorts, while they often wear gray jerseys and yellow shorts when facing their rivals on the road. Olympic Stadium in Athens is the club’s home ground and the venue can hold up to 69.618 people. AEK share rivalries with fellow capital clubs Panathinaikos and Olympiakos and the rivalry with Olympiakos was inflamed in 1996, when AEK former ace and then-coach joined the Thrylos. AEK have 11 Greek Super League trophies, but it has to be noted that they clinched their last domestic title back in 1994. Speaking of the Greek Cup, the Enosis won their 15th trophy in the competition in 2016, with the team beating Olympiakos in the title game. In the 1966/1967 season AEK made it to the UEFA Cup semis, but Italian giants Juventus proved to be a big catch for the Greek side.