Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After suffering a 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, Zurich will be looking to regain top position in Group A with a victory over AEK Larnaca at their Stadion Letzigrund. The Swiss outfit have been producing fine performances in the Europa League this term and, as a result, they have already booked their place in the Europa League last 32. Zuric are a real force to be reckoned with at home and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their third home win of the process. AEK Larnaca, on the other hand, have yet to record a win in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign and it is no surprise they are considered big underdogs in Thursday’s football match. Taking everything into account, Zurich are more of a team than AEK and we predict that the Swiss side are going to prove their worth on the field.
Highlighted Player (Kevin Ruegg):
Kevin Ruegg is a FC Zurich product. Ruegg was born in Uster, Switzerland on August 5, 1998 and he made his senior debut with FC Zurich on February 26 in a 4-1 win over Wohlen. The Swiss footballer made only nine appearances for der Stadtclub in the Challenge League, but he established himself as a first-team regular in the 2017/2018 Super League campaign.
Kevin Ruegg made 31 appearances for FC Zurich in the Swiss top flight, providing three assists for his teammates in the process. His main position is full-back, but he is used as defensive midfielder and central midfielder as well.
The 173-cm tall footballer wears No. 22 jersey at FC Zurich and his preferred foot is right. Kevin Ruegg has four caps for the Switzerland U19 team and he made his debut for the Switzerland U21 team on September 5, 2017 in a 1-1 draw with Romania in the Euro U21 qualifiers.
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.