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Antwerp are winless in their last four away matches across all competitions, losing twice and claiming two draws since May’s loss to Saint-Gilloise. AEK Athens vs Royal Antwerp Prediction Royal Antwerp had their work cut out in the first leg and should anticipate another fierce battle against a well-drilled AEK Athens side. The Greek outfit have been near impenetrable at home, where they are unbeaten in their last eight competitive matches, and we are backing them to turn the tie on its head. Prediction: AEK Athens 2-0 Royal Antwerp AEK Athens vs Royal Antwerp Betting TipsTip 1: Result - AEK Athens to winTip 2: Over 2.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen drew first blood for the Belgian outfit with 16 minutes on the clock, and despite losing left-back Jelle Bataille to a straight red card just six minutes into the second half, Antwerp successfully shut up shop. Despite huffing and puffing for almost the entirety of the second half, AEK Athens - who had 64% of the ball and fired 23 attempts on goal - clearly forgot to bring their shooting boots with them to Belgium, as only four of their shots found the target, and it was a similar story in the weekend's Greek Super League opener. Indeed, the reigning champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Panserraikos, who opened the scoring in the first minute through Kosta Aleksic before Mijat Gacinovic levelled deep into the second half for Matias Almeyda's men, who demonstrated another total lack of ruthlessness on the day.
This time around, the Double-Headed Eagle ended the game with a staggering 82% possession, but only eight of their 36 shots tested opposing goalkeeper Adrian Chovan, and such profligacy could prove very costly indeed on the biggest continental stage. Bataille's 51st-minute sending-off was not in the script for Royal Antwerp during their third Champions League match, but the team led by Mark van Bommel - a former European Cup winner with Barcelona - are now just 90 minutes away from making history. Prior to the 2023-24 preliminary rounds, Antwerp had only ever competed in two top-level continental matches - suffering an 8-1 aggregate obliteration at the hands of Real Madrid in the 1957-58 European Cup - and since then, a handful of Europa League group-stage showings is all that the Reds have had to shout about.
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AEK Athens vs Royal Antwerp Prediction and Betting Tips | August 30th 2023A place in the UEFA Champions League group stages will be on the line on Wednesday when AEK Athens take on Royal Antwerp in the second leg of the playoffs at the AEK Stadium. Matías Almeyda’s men will head into the game looking to overturn their first-leg deficit, having suffered a 1-0 defeat when the sides met in Belgium last week. AEK continue to struggle for results as they were held to a 1-1 draw by newly-promoted Panserraikos in the Super League last Saturday. Prior to that, Almeyda’s side fell to a 1-0 defeat against Royal Antwerp in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs at the Bosuilstadion. AEK Athens have now gone three straight games without a win, their longest run of successive games without a victory since April 2022.
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Royal Antwerp, on the other hand, head into Wednesday’s return leg unbeaten in three consecutive games across all competitions, claiming two wins and one draw since a 1-0 loss to Anderlecht on August 6. This run has seen Mark van Bommel's men get up and running in the new Belgian Jupiler League campaign, where they have picked up seven points from their opening three games. However, Antwerp are without a win in their last four away matches, stretching back to a 2-0 victory against Union Saint-Gilloise on May 3. AEK Athens vs Royal Antwerp Head-To-Head and Key Numbers AEK Athens have a slight upper hand in the history of this fixture, having won two of the previous three meetings between the sides. Royal Antwerp’s only victory came in last week’s reverse leg when Vincent Janssen netted in the 16th minute to see off the Greek outfit. AEK Athens are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 matches across all competitions, claiming six wins and four draws since mid-April.
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