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AEK Athens vs Royal Antwerp betting tips: Champions League play-off round second leg preview, predictions and odds

AEK Athens vs Royal Antwerp odds and betting statistics



AEK Athens vs Royal Antwerp match preview

Last Tuesday’s first leg at Bosuilstadion was a tense and hard-fought affair, and one should expect more of the same in the Greek capital.

Eight nights ago, Vincent Janssen was the only scorer in Belgium, cooly slotting into the far corner with just 16 minutes on the clock.

However, just five minutes after the interval, Antwerp were reduced to ten-men, with Jelle Bataille sent off, making if a backs against the wall job from the home side from there on out.

Despite AEK’s best efforts, the Grand Old held on for a 1-0 victory, so just how crucial will that prove to be?

Earlier this year, Royal Antwerp were crowned Belgian champions for the first time since 1957, courtesy of Toby Alderweireld’s 94th minute equaliser on the final day of the season; amazing scenes.

So, this is just Antwerp’s second-ever European Cup tie, ousted in the first round by Real Madrid 66 years ago, with Alfredo Di Stéfano scoring twice in that tie back then.

So, will Mark van Bommel’s team get the result they need?

AEK Athens meantime overcame GNK Dinamo Zagreb in the previous round, prevailing 4-3 on aggregate, with both Sergio Araujo and Domagoj Vida scoring in a bonkers stoppage time period of that second leg.

The Yellow-Blacks featured in the Champions League group phase as recently as 2018, so will Matías Almeyda’s team pull off a remontada at Agia Sophia Stadium?

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