AEK Larnaca and Gent measure strength, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (3rd Qualifying Round). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, since they have never faced each other before. The Gent presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this match the home factor can be decisive.
AEK Larnaca :
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (3rd Qualifying Round) after having played previous qualifiers with: Levski Sofía and Petrocub. 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 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses as a visitor, with 27 goals scored and 11 suffered; against 10 wins and 5 draws in his stadium, with 27 goals scored and 9 suffered. In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, AEK Larnaca won 7 and drew 3.
For this competition, record a sequence of 4 wins in their last matches. The team has presented great defensive strength, since it has not suffered any goal in the last 4 games, and its attack has scored regularly, since it has always scored at least one goal in the last 4 games for this competition.
AEK arrives at this motivated match, after a 0-4 victory in displacement to Levski: the great hero of the match was Trickovski, with 4 goals scored. It should be noted that the home team won every game in these Europa League qualifiers, however, the difficulty of this game is very different. Therefore, coach Imanol Idiákez should benefit a medium or low block and counterattacks, making the best use of the space in the opponent’s back. Due to the performance in the last game, we individually highlight Trickovski, a very fast and strong player at the end. There are no major absences for this game.
The away team arrives at this stage of the UEFA Europa League (3rd Qualifying Round) after a defeat by (2‑1) and a home victory by (6‑3) with Viitorul. This is a team that curiously conquers more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 matches it records 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses as a visitor, with 33 goals scored and 16 suffered; against 7 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses in his stadium, with 31 goals scored and 23 suffered. The team arrives at this match after a home victory with AS Eupen by (6-1). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, Gent won 6, drew 3 and lost 1. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 games, but his attack has marked with regularly, since he scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. There is a tendency to have goals in their away matches, since 56 of the last 63 games they played have ended with Over 1.5 goals.
Gent arrives motivated to this match, after a 6-1 victory against Eupen, in a match for the Belgian championship. To reach this stage of the Europa League, the Belgians had to overcome the Viitorul, from Romania. Despite playing as a visitor, we expect a Gent looking to be more dominant in the game, always with the aim of not offering space to his rival. Striker Roman Bezus is one of the players who stands out in the team, as he is very technical and competent in long range shots. Out of this game will be Chakvetadze, due to physical problems.