Our match prediction:
Saint Etienne will be aiming to bounce back from back-to-back defeats to the likes of PSV and Lausanne in warm-up matches when they face AEK Athens in the Europa League third qualifying round. Les Verts do not seem to be at the top of their game, but Thursday’s football match against AEK could be the turning point for the Ligue 1 side. Saint Etienne are undefeated in previous five home games in the Europa League and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from the game. Unlike Saint Etienne, AEK have been impressive in recent friendly matches and they will be looking to extend their winning run six games when they square off against the French team at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Thursday evening. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the first leg and we predict that under 2.5 goals will be netted in what is expected to be one of the most interesting matches of Thursday’s program.