AEK Athens and Trabzonspor measure forces in Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match, the home factor may be decisive, since AEK Athens presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
AEK Athens :
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs) after having eliminated Craiova University, after a draw at home by (1‑1) and a victory by (0‑2) away in the previous tie. This is a team that curiously conquers more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 matches it records 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses as a visitor, with 28 goals scored and 12 suffered; against 7 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses in his stadium, with 20 goals scored and 8 suffered. In their last 10 home games AEK Athens records 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games.
AEK comes to this first leg for the Europa League after a 1-0 home draw against Craiova. The home team generally plays in a 4-4-2, favoring a faster style of play, with constant transitions, preferably attacking the sides. Keep in mind that in this tactical scheme the two most advanced players are Nélson Oliveira and Livaja. Coach Miguel Cardoso cannot count on Viktor Klonaridis, delivered to the medical department.
The visiting team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs) after having eliminated Sparta Praha, with a win by (2‑1) at home and a draw by (2-2) away in the previous tie. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 matches it records 5 wins, 8 draws and 2 losses as a visitor, with 26 goals scored and 23 suffered; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium, with 26 goals scored and 19 suffered. In the last match he played, for the Süper Lig, he tied with Kasımpaşa out for (1‑1). In its last 10 away games, Trabzonspor records 3 wins and 7 draws. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 games, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games. There is a tendency to have goals in their away matches, since 21 of the last 24 games they played have ended with Over 1.5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 3.
Trabzonspor comes to the first game of this Europa League round after a 1-1 draw at home with Kasimpasa. Unlike the opponent of this performance, the visiting team usually plays in a traditional 4-3-3, in which the three most advanced players are Nwakaeme, Sorloth and Sari. The main mission of the Turkish club will be to delay the goal of the opponent to the maximum, taking into account the difference in quality between the two templates. Coach Unal Karaman should not be able to count on Ogenyi Onazi, delivered to the medical department.