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Austria Wien vs AEK Athens
UEFA Europa League – Group-stage 2017/18
Date: Thursday, 7th December 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Ernst Happel Stadion (Vienna).
Austria Wien vs AEK Athens: Preview and Predictions
Austria Wien come into matchday 6 sitting at third and three points behind AEK Athens. But a win will be enough for them to go thorough to the knockout stage.
Yet, AEK Athens are the team with the better chance to clinch the second spot in the table. The Greeks are unbeaten in the competitions with 4 consecutive draws starting off from a 2-1 away win at Rijeka. All they need to do here is – avoid the defeat.
There are other reasons for us to think that the Greeks are the forerunners for the qualification spot – the main of which is the poor home form of Austria Wien.
The Austrians are without a win in their last 6 home games in all competitions, suffering defeats in 5. They already got thrashed in both Europa League home games, 1-5 by AC Milan and 1-3 Rijeka. This is not a team one can bank on.
Meantime, AEK’s overall form is solid. They are unbeaten in the last 9 in all competitions, 6 wins and 3 draws. Also, they haven’t lost in any of their last 7 home games.
Austria Wien vs AEK Athens: Head-to-head
The reverse leg of the corresponding fixture played on 28th September 2017 is the lone meeting between the two sides. Marko Livaja scored both goals for the Greeks in the 2-2 draw, including the equalizer with seconds left on the clock.
Austria Wien vs AEK Athens: Prediction
Wien will low on confidence with a long win-less streak at home turf. They need to win here, which is an uphill task considering they are leaking goals in plenty. The team already let in 16 goals from their 5 matches in the competition, 8 of which came from 2 home fixtures.
On the other hand, AEK look like the better of the two in form comparison and they will be highly motivated coming on the back of some excellent results. Their defense is more secure with 11 goals conceded in 18 matches in all competitions this season.
Due to the same reasons, my money will be on AEK to avoid a defeat and get to the knockout phase of the Europa League.
Austria Wien vs AEK Athens: Bet Tips
- Double Chance – Draw or AEK @ 1.44
- Over 2.5 goals @ 1.80 odd.