AIK vs Shamrock Rovers
Europa League First qualifying round
Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Friends Arena (Solna).
AIK have extended a four-game winning streak with a 0-1 win at GIF Sundsvall on Sunday and they now host Shamrock Rovers hoping to build on the 0-1 win earned at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. They’ve been rock-solid at Friends Arena and Rikard Norling should have no troubles to lift their team spirits ahead of the return match.
AIK have beaten Flora (1-0) in their last outing at this ground and it’s obvious they have more depth in quality at this point, as the visitors can boast no ups of recent. Shamrock Rovers have thus suffered three losses in their last four outings, earning just one draw along the way, obviously struggling to score goals on the road.
Hoops thus have a very hard task to bounce back and turn the clash their way, which has very few believing they can make it. AIK have conceded just one goal in their last four games and rather narrow wins have done them great over the past couple of weeks, as the top the Allsvenskan table with 30 points in 14 games.
AIK vs Shamrock Rovers: Head-to-head
- AIK have bagged the 0-1 win in the first leg.
- This is the sides’ first head-to-head clash and AIK now come as heavy favourites to make it to the next round.
- The clash doesn’t come at the best possible time for Shamrock Rovers, as they struggle to return to the winning ways.
AIK vs Shamrock Rovers: Prediction
We will now back AIK to secure their ticket to the next round with a more convincing win, going for a Home win at 1.96. They’ve been great at this ground and it’s rather tough to make a case for the visitors to cope at this point.
With that in mind, we believe we’re in for a high-scoring clash on the day and we’ll thus also back Over 2.5 goals FT at 1.91, which does seem like great value seeing the obvious gap in the sides’ quality and a one-sided contest looming.
AIK vs Shamrock Rovers: Bet Tips
Home win @ 1.96
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.91.