Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Leicester City take on AEK Athens at King Power Stadium in what is expected to be a very exciting game. The Foxes aim to cement top position in the standings, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in the last group game. Soyuncu returned to the starting XI in a 1-0 loss to Zorya, but he got injured again.
The likes of Amartey, Castagne, and Pereira are likely to miss the AEK Athens game through injuries as well. The Greek outfit, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Braga, but seeing that they have nothing to play for in the King Power Stadium showdown, we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League outfit. When the two teams met in Athens earlier in the process Leicester defeated AEK 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Youri Tielemans):
Youri Tielemans is a product of Anderlecht football academy. The prolific midfielder was born on May 7, 1997 in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw and he is regarded as one of the most talented Belgian players. Tielemans signed his first professional contract with Anderlecht at the age of 16 and in 2013 he made his first-team debut for the club.
The Belgian starlet came as a substitute in a 3-2 loss to Lokeren in the national championship. Youri Tielemans was making progress week by week and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. The 176-cm-tall footballer scored 26 goals in 139 appearances in the league for Anderlecht and in 2017 he signed a five-year deal with Ligue 1 side Monaco.
Tielemans joined les Rouges et Blancs for a fee of around €25 million. Speaking of his international career, the Monaco midfielder made his senior debut for Belgium in a 1-1 draw with Netherlands (9.9.2016.). He came as a substitute ten minutes before the final whistle, replacing Steven Defour.
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 12 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.