Club Bruges vs AEK Athens
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Play-off
Date: Thursday, 17th August 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Jan Breydelstadion.
Both Club Brugge and AEK Athens disappointed their fans with early exits in their Champions League campaigns.
The Europa League playoffs tie will thus be of a huge importance for both managers as we can expect two thrilling encounters in the next seven days.
The first one is set to be played this Thursday at Jan Breydelstadion where Club Brugge will try and gain at least some sort of advantage ahead of the rematch in the Greek capital.
Blauw-Zwart managed to successfully bounce back after a disappointing elimination to Istanbul Basaksehir as the team led by Ivan Leko opened the new First Division A campaign in a superb fashion.
Club Brugge showed an impressive attacking form at the start of the new season in the domestic league as they have already bagged nine goals in three opening wins over the likes of Lokeren, Eupen and Zulte-Waregem.
The Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis was especially inspired as he already has four goals to his name after three rounds of the competition.
AEK are somewhat handicapped since the season in the top flight of the Greek football is yet to begin next weekend when Manolo Jimenez’s side will play Panaitolikos in the opening round.
AEK failed to find the back of the net in both of their losses to CSKA Moscow in the third qualifying round of Champions League, but they should have an easier task making it count in the final third against the Belgians who are much more attacking-minded side compared to the Russians.
Club Bruges vs AEK Athens: Head to head
The two sides have never previously had the chance to take on each other.
Club Bruges vs AEK Athens: Prediction
Club Brugge have been playing ultra attacking football at the start of the season and we simply have to expect an open game packed with goals this Thursday at Jan Breydelstadion.
The value is also with the red-hot Dennis to score anytime which will be our alternative betting option at the odds of 8/5.
Club Bruges vs AEK Athens: Bet Tips
The main betting prediction is Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS at the sky-high 15/8 odds @ Bet365.
The alternative bet will be Emmanuel Dennis to score anytime at 8/5.