Austria Vienna and AEK Athens meet at Ernst-Happel-Stadion, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Austria Vienna presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses, the home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 4 points won. In the last match, they lost by (5-1) away against Milan, after in the previous match, having won by (1-4) away with Rijeka. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the Bundesliga, they got a home tie against Salzburg by (1-1). In their last 4 home matches for the UEFA Europa League, Austria Vienna have a draw and 3 losses.
For this competition, he does not win in his stadium 4 games ago. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 9 matches, so they have not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 9 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 58 of the last 68 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 45 out of 68 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 9 matches in this competition, they have only 1 comeback in the 5 matches they suffered in the first goal.
Austria Vienna enters the field conscious that only victory is of interest for them to qualify for the next phase of the Europa League. For this I would still have to wait for Rijeka not to win their commitment against Milan. However, the local club does not live a good moment in form, having conquered only one victory in the last five games. In the Austrian championship, he does not win two days ago and currently occupies the fifth position among ten clubs, having one of the worst defenses of the competition. This is repeated, much worse, in the continental tournament, as it has the worst defense of Group D, with an average of 3.2 goals suffered per game. The coach alternates between 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1 and is likely to keep Brazilian Pires as a reference in the offensive sector.
The away team is currently in the 2 nd position, with 7 points won, after 1 win and 4 draws. In the penultimate match, they tied at home against Milan with (0-0). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Rijeka, by (2-2). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 9 conceded; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 28 goals scored and 11 conceded. The team comes to this match after a win away with Levadiakos by (0-2). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, AEK Athens has won 6, tied 3 and lost 1.
In this competition, they tied the last 4 matches they played. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 25 of the last 62 have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 40 out of 62 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only had 1 comeback in the 6 games in which they suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 14 away matches for all competitions: they have suffered 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
The AEK only needs a draw to move forward in the Europa League and its history in this edition of the competition seems to help, as it still remains unbeaten, accumulating a victory and four draws. The visiting club is going through a very positive moment, since they have been undefeated for nine games, coming from three consecutive victories. The last one was given by the Greek championship, which currently occupies the leadership, also having the second best defense and the best attack. This is confirmed, in part, in the continental tournament, as it has the second best defense of Group D, but in compensation owns the worst attack, with only six goals scored in five games. The coach has changed the tactical system of the team with some frequency, but he must keep Christodoulopoulos in the starting line-up.
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