Our match prediction:
Spartak Moscow and AEK Larnaca played out a 1-1 draw at Stadio Antonis Papadopoulos in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg, meaning that the Russians are on the right track to book their place in the play-offs. Nonetheless, coach Dmitry Alenichev must warn his men against complacency and we are positive that the hosts are going to take Thursday’s football match very seriously. Spartak Moscow have been struggling in the Russian Premier League in recent years and they are eager to, at least, record a good result in the Europa League. AEK Larnaca are tough to beat at home, but they often struggle on the travels and that is the main reason why we believe the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be Jano Ananidze, who scored in the first leg and the 23-year-old Georgian footballer is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.