Cork City vs AEK Larnaca
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 13th July 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Turner’s Cross.
Cork City will host AEK Larnaca in one of the most interesting ties of the second qualifying round in Europa League.
The hosts have been enjoying a hot run of form in the new term of Premier Division, but they will need to even exceed the level of their game if they want to go past AEK Larnaca over two legs.
John Caulfield’s men have practically secured the league title by ending Dundalk’s domination in some style as they are 12 points clear at the top of the standings with two games in hand on the arch-rivals after 20 rounds of the competition.
The Rebel Army bagged as many as six goals in two legs with Estonian Levadia in the first qualifying round. Their top scorer Sean Maguire was especially inspired netting a hat-trick in the second game at Turner’s Cross.
He was also on target in weekend’s win over St. Patrick’s Athl. and we’ll back him to score anytime against the Cypriot side at 6/4.
AEK have had a very interesting campaign in the top flight of the Cypriot football last year when they ended the season with a four-point deficit to untouchable APOEL.
The team led by the Spanish manager Imanol Idiakez demolished Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps 6-1 on aggregate and they showed a decent defensive form in friendlies Jagiellonia and Zaglebie Lubin.
Cork City vs AEK Larnaca: Head to head
The two teams are set to play their first ever head to head encounter.
Cork City vs AEK Larnaca: Prediction
It’s hard to say which of the two sides will come into the first leg as favourites to gain advantage ahead of the rematch in Larnaca.
We see the value in backing the Rebel Army to stay unbeaten at the odds of 4/7.
Cork City vs AEK Larnaca: Bet Tips
The top pick will be Cork City or Draw Double Chance at 1.57 with Unibet.
Sean Maguire is priced at 2.50 to score anytime.