Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over Petrocub at home in the first leg of the Europa League first qualifying round, AEK Larnaca will be looking to cement their spot in round 2 with yet another victory over the Moldavian side. The Cypriotes played below expectations in the first leg, but seeing that they managed to keep a clean sheet in the AEK Arena – George Karapatakis clash, the underdogs need a big win in the return leg if they are to advance to the next qualifying round.
Considering that the hosts need to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match, AEK Larnaca should have a number of opportunities to score on the break in the return leg, therefore, we are tempted to put our money on Imanol Idiakez’s charges. Hector Hevel scored the winner in the first leg, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Highlighted Player (Nacho Cases):
After making 71 appearances for Sporting B between 2005 and 2011, Nacho Cases started playing for the first team on 9 January 2011, making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Racing Santander. The Spanish footballer plays as a midfielder and he was born on 22 December, 1987 in Gijon.
He played probably the best match of his career against Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on 2 April, 2011 as he provided an assist for Miguel de las Cuevas, who scored the winner ten minutes before the end (1-0). Nacho Cases used to play for the like of Codema and Revillagigedo during his youth career, but he played for his current club as a boy as well.
Cases was with his family in Paris during terror attacks in November 2011 and the Spanish embassy helped him return to his homeland. The midfielder scored one goal in 24 league appearances for Sporting Gijon in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
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.