AEK Larnaca vs Trencin
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 16:30 UK / 17:30 CET
Venue: AEK Arena – George Karapatakis, Larnaca.
The fans at Arena George Karapatakis could be in for a real beauty on Thursday evening when AEK Larnaca and Trencin take on each other in the final 90 minutes of the battle for a place in the Europa League group stage. The Slovakian outfit has never been there before, while AEK will be looking to relive the 2011 experience when they made their maiden UEL groups appearance.
We say the fans could be for a beauty because both teams play super attractive attacking football and they have both been way too impressive en route to the play-offs. Trencin eased past Buducnost and Gornik before demolishing Feyenoord 5-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round, showing they have what it takes to make a breakthrough and earn their inaugural group stage appearance. They were the highest scoring team in the previous term of Slovakian Super Liga (81 goals in 34 games) and they entered the new season in the same fashion even though the new manager Ricardo Moniz took charge.
AEK Larnaca vs Trencin: Head-to-head
The first ever H2H clash between these two sides saw a 1-1 draw.
Joey Sleegers has put Trencin ahead ten minutes after the interval, but Acoran cancelled the opener just five minutes later to set the final score and leave the tie wide open ahead of the reverse fixture on the Cypriot soil.
AEK Larnaca vs Trencin: Prediction
AEK Larnaca have also cruised past their rivals so far in the competition. The difference between them and Trencin is the solidness in Andoni Iraola’s back line which kept four straight clean sheets in the competition. AEK demolished Dundalk 6-0 on aggregate and Sturm Graz 7-0 on aggregate in past two rounds. This, combined with the fact they have a positive 1.1 score form the first leg in Slovakia, gives them the favourites tag ahead of the rematch.
Both teams have true predators in the final third. Ivan Trickhovski of FYR Macedonia bagged as many as six goals in last two rounds for AEK, while Croatian forward Antonio Mance did the same for Trencin. With such firepower on display, we just have to go for the BTTS pick at the 1.80 odds. Since Trencin conceded as many as three goals on two separate occasions in last three games, we really find AEK Larnaca to score two or more goals as a banker bet at 1.66. Braver punters can go for the home win & BTTS at the 3.50 odds.
AEK Larnaca vs Trencin: Bet Tips
AEK Larnaca Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.66
AEK Larnaca to win & BTTS @ 3.50.