Viktoria Plzen vs AEK Larnaca
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Play-off
Date: Thursday, 17th August 2017
Kick off at 19:15 UK/ 20:15 CET
Venue: Doosan Arena.
Being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League Qualifications, Viktoria is forced to try and enter the competition below. They are hosting AEK Larnaca in the 1st leg of the play-offs round in the Europe League.
Qualifications for the Champions League ended for them at the same time they began – in the 3rd round. Their opponent was FCSB. After a 2 – 2 draw away, Viktoria was shamefully defeated by letting their opponents score 4 goals at their doorstep. The match ended with a score of 4 – 1. Thus, Viktoria had had to say goodbye to the most prestigious competition before they were even allowed to come in. Now they are taking the step down, and are trying to get back in the saddle.
Two matches in Czech Liga followed and they won both of them. Now, after 3 weeks, they are first ranked in the league table. All three wins were gained while keeping clean sheets. Maybe, after all, their downfall has been a positive trigger.
After 3 qualifying rounds, AEK is without a loss. So far, they’ve had 4 wins and 2 draws. Also, they have never failed to score. All of the four wins were gained with clean sheets. AEK met with Dinamo Minsk in the 3rd qualifying round. After a 2 – 0 win at home, the 1 – 1 draw away was enough for them to move on to the final qualifying round. With their national league yet to begin, they can focus only on the final exam before entering the group phase of UEFA Europe League.
Viktoria Plzen vs AEK Larnaca: Head to head
This is going to be the first time the two teams meet.
Viktoria Plzen vs AEK Larnaca: Prediction
Odds are that Viktoria will take the win with the benefits of the home terrain. But nevertheless, even though odds are not that promising, AEK is likely to score.
Viktoria Plzen vs AEK Larnaca: Bet Tips
Viktoria Plzen to win @ 1.60 – Unibet
Both teams to score ‘YES’ @ 2.28 – Unibet.