AEK Larnaca vs Dnipro-1 Match Analysis & Prediction
16/02/2023 11:00 pm
AEK Larnaca play host to Dnipro-1 at AEK Arena in Cyprus on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa Conference League knockout round playoff tie.
The two sides previously met in Europa League qualifying this season, with Thursday’s hosts coming out on top and they will now battle for a spot in the last 16 of this competition.
AEK Larnaca began their European campaign in the second round of the Champions League qualifications, but after dropping out against Midtjylland, they progressed to the Europa League group stage with aggregate victories over Partizan and Dnipro-1.
Jose Luis Oltra’s side now return to continental action having displayed an impressive run of form in the domestic front in recent months, establishing themselves at the top of the Cypriot top flight with a 15-game unbeaten run including 13 victories, although with the most recent of those games being a 1-1 draw at home to basement side Akritas Chlorakas.
Following their aggregate defeat to AEK Larnaca in qualifying in August, Dnipro-1 entered the Europa Conference League group stage and began with a defeat to AZ Alkmaar, before beating Apollon Limassol 3-1 in Cyprus.
They then played out a 2-2 draw with Vaduz, before wrapping up a top-two finish with back-to-back wins, firstly beating Vaduz 2-1 in the reverse fixture before completing a double over Apollon Limassol.
While a 2-1 defeat away at AZ Alkmaar in their final group game did mean they missed out on top spot and a guaranteed place in the final 16, Dnipro-1 had already done enough to ensure they have another shot at progressing in the competition in another meeting with AEK Larnaca.
AEK Larnaca vs. Dnipro-1 Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just two occasion in the Europa League in 2022, where AEK Larnaca won both matches, scoring five goals and conceding just one.
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16/02/2023AEK LarnacaN/ADnipro-1N/AEuropa Conference League
AEK Larnaca Team News
AEL Larnaca’s attack will be spearheaded by Rafael Lopes, who has scored eight goals across all competitions so far this season, while top scorer Omri Altman is unlikely to feature.
Hrvoje Milicevic and Nenad Tomovic should pertner up on Thursday, while Pere Pons and Gus Ledes will continue to operate in the midfield.
AEK Larnaca's Last 5 Matches
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Dnipro-1 Team News
Dnipro-1 will put their faith in attack to Arten Dovbyk, who scored 11 goals in 14 Ukrainian top-flight apearances before domestic action was halted.
Oleksandr Pikhalyonok will again offer support behind the lone front man, with Yanis Hamache and Oleksandr Nazarenko likely to feature on the flanks.
Dnipro-1's Last 5 Matches
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AEK Larnaca vs. Dnipro-1: Odds and Predictions
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