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Royal Antwerp - AEK Athens
Champions League Qualification
Tue, 22.08.2023 – 10:00 PM GMT+3
our main tip:
Half Time Draw

Royal Antwerp vs AEK Athens prediction

The race for a place in Europe’s top flight club competition continues this week and in one of the fixtures, Royal Antwerp takes on AEK Athens. Having made it to the Europa League group stage in 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22, Antwerp are yet to feature in the UCL throughout their entire history. Therefore, this tie is a huge one for the Belgian side as they look to join the elite clubs that will jostle for the highly coveted European title this campaign. After being drawn bye in the previous qualifying rounds, Royal Antwerp will be counting on home advantage here to get a good result in this first leg tie.

On their part, AEK Athens are battling for a group stage UCL berth for the first time since 2018/19 season. Before getting to this round, AEK Athens had fought an uphill battle to get past Dinamo Zagreb in a 4-3 (aggregate) thriller. Having scaled that hard hurdle, we expect the Greek side to fight tooth and nail here so as to remain firmly in contention for a place in this season’s UCL.

The UCL is known for its prestigious and highly lucrative nature which makes teams go all out to feature in there. Looking at what is at stake for these sides and how badly they want a ticket into the main competition, we are anticipating a keenly contested tie. Hence, for our Royal Antwerp vs AEK Athens prediction, we expect the opening half to end in a draw.

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Main tip: Half Time Draw

Our Royal Antwerp vs AEK Athens predictions

According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:

Prediction 1: Half Time Draw

Both teams head into this tie on the back of stalemates in their last respective games. Also, with the hunger that comes with wanting to play top continental club football, we do not expect an easy outing for either sides. Being a two-legged affair either side will be looking to pick a positive first leg advantage thereby making them tactically cautious throughout the game. Based on this, we are anticipating a tough fixture with the opening tie ending in a draw.

Odds for this bet

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The odd of 2.25 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 44% chance that the game will be drawn at half time.

Odds comparison for Half Time Draw

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Betway – odds 2.24

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Prediction 2: AEK Athens Over 1.5 Goals

AEK Athens head into this tie with an impressive run of form having remained without defeat in their last 6 games, winning 5 and drawing one. In addition, in each of those games, they have found the back of the net at least once. In fact, the last time both teams met, Athens won 3-0. This means if all goes well here, it could end well for AEK Athens on the goals front. Hence, for our second Royal Antwerp vs AEK Athens prediction, we are backing the away side to score at least two goals.

Odds for this bet

Melbet offers competitive odds for “AEK Athens Over 1.5 Goals”

The odd of 2.25 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 44% chance that AEK Athens will score at least twice.

Odds comparisons for AEK Athens Over 1.5 Goals

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Prediction 3: DC X2 & Over 1.5 Goals

In their last 2 meetings, AEK Athens beat Royal Antwerp 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. Also, a comparison of both sides current form suggest Athens are in a much better shape to get one over their Belgian opponent. Therefore, we are are backing the away side to win or draw and score at least 2 goals.

Statistics for Royal Antwerp vs AEK Athens Prediction

H2H statistics

Both sides have met just 2 times:

  • AEK Athens won both games

Latest results Royal Antwerp

  • 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in their last 5 matches
  • 9 goals in their last 5 matches. Average 1.80 goals per match
  • They drew 1-1 against Oud-Heverlee in their last match

Latest results AEK Athens

  • 4 wins and 1 draw in their last 5 matches
  • 15 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 3.00 goals per match
  • In their last match, they drew Dinamo Zagreb 2-2
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Possible squad Royal Antwerp & AEK Athens

Line upRoyal AntwerpAEK Athens
GoalkeeperButezStankovic
DefenseAvila, De Laet, Alderweireld, BatailleHajsafi, Moukoudi, Vida, Rota
MidfieldBalikwisha, Vermeeren, EkkelenkampSzymanski, Pineda, Eliasson
ForwardOndrejka, Janssen, KerkJonsson, Garcia, Zubar
InjuredNoneNone
CoachMark Van BommelMatías Almeyda

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