AEK Larnaca vs Cork City
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 20th July 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Larnaca Arena.
The Irish club Cork City have to overcome a 1-0 deficit from first leg to keep their European dreams alive.
We saw a cagey affair when the teams met at the Turners Cross a week ago. But AEK Larnaca were the one who strike lucky with 20 minutes left on the clock with a 1-0 away win. Cork has everything to play for in the return leg at Cyprus. Meanwhile, AEK Larnaca must be careful as they are only sitting on a slender lead.
For Cork, a 1-0 win will take this tie to extra time. This is a delicate situation for AEK, because they will be eliminated by a loss on any other margin. It is certain that we are in for a cracker of a match on Thursday.
AEK Larnaca had shown their lethal touch in front of their home fans in the second round win against Lincoln Red Limps. They put 5 goals past the side from Gibraltar to put the tie to bed.
Meanwhile, Cork City defeated Levadia from Estonia on a 6-2 margin. They bagged a 2-0 away win before completing the job at home with a 4-2 margin.
AEK Larnaca vs Cork: Head-to-head
The first leg clash is the lone meeting between the two sides.
Cork City had previously met a side from Cyprus during the 2006/07 Champions League qualifiers. They won the tie on the back of a 1-0 home win, while settling for a 1-1 draw in the visit to Cyprus.
AEK Larnaca vs Cork: Prediction
AEK are arguably huge favourites to win this one. One of the main reason for this is their strong home record in the competition. They won 8 of their last 13 matches at home and drew twice. The defeats were against stronger sides in top form at the moment – Slovan Liberec, Bordeaux and Schalke.
Yet, expect Cork City to give a tough fight here, before falling short on overturning the deficit.
AEK Larnaca vs Cork: Bet Tips
BTTS and Over 2.5 goals at 2.75 odds.
AEK to score Over 1.5 goals at 1.90.