Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City eased to a 3-0 win against Zorya on matchday 1 in the Europa League. Now, the Foxes head to Greece to take on AEK Athens on matchday 2 of the competition. AEK Athens should offer stronger competition to Leicester City on Thursday night, but after a 3-0 loss to Braga last week, Rodgers will fancy another three points.
AEK Athens lost to Braga 3-0 conceding two goals in the second half. The Greek team are fourth in the Super League heading into the Europa League fixture They claimed a 1-0 win at the weekend on the domestic front against PAS Giannina. The victory ended a three-match losing streak in all competitions.
Leicester City followed up their Europa League win with a big 1-0 victory against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. The Foxes are on a two-game winning streak, but before their win last week versus Zorya, they had lost back to back games in the Premier League.
As it stands, Leicester City and Braga are the favourites to go through Europa League Group G and play in the knockout rounds. Leicester City are playing good football and could take one step closer to the last 32.
AEK Athens vs Leicester City Betting Odds
Leicester City have played eight games in all competitions this season. They have posted a record of 5W-0D-3L during that time. The Foxes’ offence has scored 16 goals for an average of 2.0 per game. Defensively, they have been suspect at times allowing 10 goals for an average of 1.25 goals per game. Five of their eight matches in all competition ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Only two games ended with both teams scoring while six of eight Leicester City games finished with both teams not scoring goals.
AEK Athens have played eight times in all competitions a well, posting a 5W-1D-2L record. They have scored 10 goals while allowing six goals against. Three of the goals that AEK Athens have allowed came on Europa League matchday 1 versus Portugal’s Braga.
The Greeks have allowed just two goals at home this term. Teams average just 0.40 goals against AEK Athens when playing at the Athens Olympic Stadium. Leicester City have won all three of their away games in all competitions this season. They are +7 in goal difference on their travels. They average 1.8 goals scored and 0.67 goals allowed on the road in all competitions.
AEK Athens vs Leicester City Team News
Rodgers could rotate his side this week for the trip to Athens. The Foxes are fourth in the league table and just one point off of first-placed Everton and Liverpool. They go to Elland Road next weekend in the league to play Leeds United. A victory and results going their way elsewhere could send Leicester City to the top of the table. Therefore, Rodgers could alter his team.
Four players are currently on the Leicester City injury list. Ricardo Pereira is still recovering from a long-term knee injury. Ricardo is not expected back until early December. Wilfred Ndidi is also out of action due to a long-term injury. Daniel Amartey and Caglar Soyuncu are both ruled out of the Thursday night match through their own respective injuries. Although Leicester City have defenders struggling with injuries, they have got results in recent games.
AEK Athens winger Levi Garcia is ruled out of the game after tearing his hamstring in early October. Garcia is unlikely to return to the team until December. Garcia joined the Athens club from Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem in September.
The Greek team have scored seven goals in the Super League. Karim Ansarifard leads the team with two league goals. One of those goals came from the penalty spot and one from open play.
AEK Athens vs Leicester City Prediction
Harvey Barnes isn’t one of the big names at Leicester City, but he is shining this season. Barnes has two goals and two assists in all competitions. The winger scored against Zorya on matchday 1 of the Europa League. He has one goal and an assist in the Premier League as well. He averages 2.56 shots per 90 minutes in the league. At just 22, Barnes was called up to the England national team this year. He could keep his great form going versus AEK Athens.
The Foxes dominated their matchday 1 game versus Zorya and should win either half versus AEK Athens. AEK Athens lost both half on matchday 1 against Braga. Meanwhile, Leicester City won both halves of their game. AEK Athens should be a strong side in Greece against Leicester City. The Greeks could put u better resistance on matchday 2, resulting in Leicester City winning just one half.
Both games in Europa League Group G finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Five of Leicester City’s eight games in all competitions in 2020-21 finished with over 2.5 goals tallied. They have seen some high-scoring games on all fronts. AEK Athens have seen three of their eight games in all competitions finish with over 2.5 goals scored. Their games have been closer in the scoreline, but the team’s defence conceded goals to Braga on matchday 1 and should do again versus Leicester City.
Leicester City have a big week upcoming. After their trip to Greece, they will face off with Leeds United at Elland Road. The Foxes could be big winners this week. However, claiming those two wins will be more difficult than it appears.
Rodgers’ team should claim a victory on Thursday night in Greece. It should be slightly closer than their game versus Zorya on matchday 1. AEK Athens should provide a stronger defence to break through. In the end, Leicester City should win and move to a perfect six points from six.
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AEK Athens vs Leicester Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will host AEK Athens vs Leicester on Thursday in the Europa League?
Athens Olympic Stadium will host the Europa League match between AEK Athens and Leicester on Thursday.A
What are the odds on AEK Athens winning vs Leicester on Thursday?
AEK Athens are the underdogs going into Thursday's Europa League match against Leicester. You can back AEK Athens are odds of 4/1 to claim a home win.A
What are the odds on Leicester winning vs AEK Athens on Thursday in the Europa League?
Leicester are the favourites going into Thursday's match against AEK Athens. The Foxes are priced up at. odds of 3/4 with the bookies.A
What time is kick-off for AEK Athens vs Leicester in the Europa League?
AEK Athens vs Leicester will kick-off at 17:55 UK time on Thursday 29 October.A