Our prediction for this Europa League match:
AEK Athens will be aiming to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Leicester City when they take on Zorya Luhansk at Slavutych-Arena. The Yellow-Blacks are eyeing their first win of the process as they were beaten by Braga in their opener, and we are positive that the visitors are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. The Ukrainians were beaten by Leicester and Braga as well, meaning that they are low on confidence ahead of the visit of AEK.
Zorya are on a four-game winless run in the Europa League, and given the importance of the match for the visitors, we are not tempted to put our money on the home team. Sweden international Muamer Tankovic, who scored as a substitute in the 2-1 loss to Leicester, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Mykyta Shevchenko ):
Born in Horlivka, Ukraine on January 26, Mykyta Shevchenko is a goalkeeper who plays for Zorya Luhansk in the Ukraine Premier League. Shevchenko has nothing to do with the legendary Ukrainian footballer, and, unlikely Andriy, he has yet to represent the national team on the international stage.
Mykyta Shevchenko started his club career at Shakhtar Donetsk, but he did not see too many game actions with the Miners. Following loan spells with Illichivets Mariupol, Zorya Luhansk, and Karpaty Lvivi, he signing a permanent deal with Zorya. The 187-cm-tall shot-stopper has three caps with the Ukraine U21 team, while making six appearances with the U19 team.
Speaking of his achievements at the club level, Mykyta Shevchenko won the Ukraine Premier League with Shaktar Donetsk on three occasions (2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18). Mykyta’s preferred foot is right and his contract with Zorya Luhansk should expire in June, 2021.
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.