Shamrock Rovers vs AIK
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 12 July 2018
Kick-Off at 19:05 UK / 20:05 CET
Venue: Tallaght Stadium, Dublin.
Shamrock Rovers skipped the first hurdle in the previous term of Europa League by dispatching Stjarnan 2-0 on aggregate. They will face a very tough challenge to repeat such accomplishment this time around when the draw game them a much stronger Scandinavian opposition in the likes of Swedish AIK.
The visitors are a well-organized side brilliantly managed by a long-term manager Rikard Norling. They finished the last season runners-up to Malmo FF in the domestic league, but currently hold the very top of the Allsvenskan standings after 13 rounds of the new season.
The Hoops, on the other side, have been playing hot and cold ever since the start of the season. They do look to be in a decent form these days, though, regardless of a demolishing 0-7 defeat in a friendly against Celtic on Saturday.
The head coach Stephen Bradley used an entirely reserve line-up for that clash as it came just a day after the goalless draw to the defending champions Cork City away at Turner’s Cross.
Shamrock Rovers vs AIK: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head match between Shamrock Rovers and AIK.
Shamrock Rovers vs AIK: Prediction
AIK continued to thrive in the final third by bagging four goals in a demolishing victory over Trelleborg on a restart after a short summer break in Allsvenskan. Tarik Elyounoussi confirmed his spell of excellent form by netting a brace at the weekend and he is our top recommendation for the anytime goalscorer pick on the evening.
Overall, Gnaget are undefeated in last 14 matches in all competitions which only described how difficult task is ahead of the Rovers. The away win is the only logical call here and we will back it as the main betting option at the odds of 1.72.
Over 2.5 goals FT does not look to be a bad call either given the odds are set at the sky-high 2.40 odds. AIK are generally known for their defensive-minded style under Norling, but they were part of some high-scoring thrillers in the last couple of Allsvenskan fixtures. The odds are definitely worth trying.
Shamrock Rovers vs AIK: Bet Tips
AIK to win @ 1.72
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.40