Gent vs AEK Larnaca
Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 15 August 2019
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Ghelamco Arena (Ghent).
Return leg of this matchup will take place on Thursday, at Ghelamco Arena, after an entertaining 1-1 draw in Cyprus.
Gent got the tickets for Europa League Qualifers after Mechelen, the Cup winner, got banned because of matchfixing. The Buffalo’s kicked out Romanian side Viitroul Constanta in previous round after beating them 7-5 on aggregate.
AEK Larnaca’s good run in Championship Round of Cypriot First Division secured them a place in European Competition. In previous rounds they managed to beat Moldavian representative, Petroclub (2-0 on agg.) and smashed former Bulgarian champs Levski, both home and away, for a 7-0 aggregate win.
Gent vs AEK Larnaca: Head to Head
First match in Larnaca was also their maiden clash.
Gent vs AEK Larnaca: Prediction
The Buffalo’s are struggling on the road this season, but at Ghelamco Arena they are scoring for fun. The 6-3 win over Viitorul and 6-1 destruction of AS Eupen speak louder than words.
Jess Thorup, Gent manager, favours an attacking 4-3-1-2 formation that helped him to end the bad streak last season and such a setup can often be a miss-match for an opponent, but it also leaves flanks exposed as a side-effect.
AEK Larnaca’s domestic season will kick off in less than two weeks and their aim is to take down a perennial Champions, APOEL, and win the first title in club’s history.
Green-yellows have an ambitious project going on, they’re a ‘little Spain’, so to speak. They had seven Spaniards in starting eleven last week, and with Spanish coach on the bench, it’s easy to conclude they want to play technical, offensive football.
The Cypriot vice-champions looked better in the first leg, had more dangerous attacks and shots on goal and Gent will respond to that with an attacking plan of their own. I fully expect to see an open game with goals, most likely on both ends.
Gent vs AEK Larnaca: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.65
Both Teams To Score – YES @ 1.72.