AEK Larnaca came from behind to beat Partizan, 2-1, in the first leg last Thursday. They’re now on a quest to defend their slim lead in Belgrade. The reverse is set for this Thursday Our sportsbook offers a great range of betting markets and props for the UEL qualifiers.
Partizan vs AEK Larnaca
After the departure of Aleksandar Stanojevic, Partizan named Ilija Stolica the new coach ahead of the domestic and European 2022/23 campaign. He’s under huge partisan pressure because Partizan are not enjoying a decent start to their season.
Winning just one of four domestic league games and sitting ninth in the standings, they struggled on the road against AEK Larnaca. Partizan lost 2-1, despite scoring the first goal of the game. It’s do-or-die now for the hosts in the reverse, and we expect them to play with their souls, while leaving their hearts on the field. Ricardo Gomes should continue to lead the line for the Serbian outfit, despite being totally off-form at the start of the season. There aren’t fresh injury worries, either..
AEK Larnaca were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers, having lost to Midtjylland, 3-2, on aggregate. So, relegation to the Europa League, and it looks like they feel better in Europe’s second-tier competition. After beating Partizan, 2-1, they are favorites to qualify in the playoffs, priced at -120 according to the latest soccer odds. We will definitely avoid the trap of backing the visitors, as we are convinced Partizan will show their real face and cover the spread against the Cypriots.
Pick: Partizan -1 (+105)
Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiakos
Slovan Bratislava are aiming to build on a 3-0 win over Skalica, when they face Olympiakos in the Europa League third qualifying round Thursday. It’s the return leg, the two teams drawing, 1-1, draw in Piraeus. Another close encounter is in the cards in the capital of Slovakia. Serbia forward Aleksandar Cavric limped off with an injury in the last game, with Armenia international Tigran Barseghyan ready to step in for this clash.
The Red and Whites, on the other hand, have not recovered from the heartbreaking loss to Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League qualifiers. Olympiakos aren’t regarded as good travelers, so we should think twice before including them in our soccer picks and parlays. At the same time, let’s not forget that Slovan were bounced out of the Champions League by Ferencvaros, having surrendered six goals in the two-legged tie.
Slovan are playing an attacking-minded football. Expect them to find the back of the net. On the other side, Olympiakos also should contribute on the scoreboard. We will back the over.
Pick: Over 2½ (+105)
Slovacko vs Fenerbahce
Expected and predicted, Fenerbahce destroyed Slovacko in the first leg between the teams. beating them, 3-0, on home soil. The newly-transferred Brazilian midfielder Lincoln scored a brace. After missing the first leg, the Norway international Joshua King is back for the visitors, while Ferdi Kadioglu is injured (recovering).
Czechs will have a mountain to climb in this reverse fixture, as they need a three-goal win. Seeing that defender Stanislav Hofmann is banned for the match, the online betting value is with the visitors. Slovacko kicked off their domestic season with four points in two games, while Fener have had seven days to prepare for this rematch.
Pick: Fenerbahce Ev