On October 27, Larnaca will host the match of the fifth round of the Europa League between the local AEK and Dynamo. The match will be akin to the final: both teams have lost their chances for the playoffs of the Europa League, but claim the only ticket to the Conference League. In order to get Eurospring, Dynamo need to win.
All the highlights of the match are available in Live mode at Telegram Aroged
After four rounds of the Europa League group stage, AEK has three points. The team received these points for the victory over Dynamo. The Cypriots lost the rest of the matches in the group. But it is AEK that is considered by bookmakers and specialists to be the favorite in the fight for third place in the group, which gives the right to play in the Conference League in the spring, because in order to solve the tournament problem, the islanders need not lose to the vice-champions of Ukraine. Any other outcome of the fight will definitely suit them.
On the eve of the game with Dynamo, AEK held a duel of the internal calendar. In the eighth round of the Cyprus Championship, the team from Larnaca lost to APOEL in a principled match – 0:1. Wards Oltra conceded a goal at the end of the first half.
After this defeat, AEK dropped to fifth place in the standings. The team has 13 points.
Vice-champions of Ukraine traveled to Cyprus in transit through Chisinau. By bus. Nine o’clock. Then by plane to Larnaca. In the capital of Moldova, the Ukrainians had a full-fledged evening training session, after which they left for their destination in the morning.
The Dynamo delegation includes 22 footballers. The injured Buschan, Boyko and Shaparenko were traditionally out of the application, joined by Dubinchak, who has a broken rib. As well as Kulach and Lonwijk, not declared for the Europa League.
One can only guess about the morale of the White-Blues. Before the visit to Cyprus, Lucescu’s wards had another nondescript duel in the Ukrainian Championship. As part of the ninth round of the UPL, the Kievans at their home stadium shared the points with Vorskla 1:1. After this draw, Dynamo firmly settled in the middle of the standings (in eighth place).
The upcoming game will be only the second full-time for the opponents. The first match, held on September 15 in Krakow, ended with a minimal victory for the Cypriots 1:0.
If Dynamo really count on the continuation of the European Cup struggle, they must definitely get together, unite and finally play the way they know how. And there is no doubt that they can do it: at least on the example of the recent matches of the Champions League qualification (against Fenerbahce and Sturm).
Despite the protracted gaming crisis and personnel problems, Dynamo is still stronger than AEK in class and individual terms. Therefore, the people of Kiev just need to realize their advantage, translate it into goals scored.
AEK is not an easy team, and the first game between the rivals will confirm this once again. However, the people of Kiev are no worse. Least. In addition, Oltra’s team has a clear Achilles’ heel: defense. In the Cypriot Championship, AEK conceded eight goals after eight rounds. For one of the leaders of the championship – a bit too much.
If the Dynamo will be able to prove themselves, to find the weaknesses of the opponent, they will be able to count on victory. Let’s assume that Lucescu’s team wins 2:1.
MCI: Piric – Tomovic, Gustavu, Trichkovsky, Garcia, Milicevic, Rosales, Pons, Naum, Gyurcho, Altman
“Dynamo”: Nescheret – Tymchik, Zabarny, Popov, Karavaev, Sidorchuk, Shepelev, Tsygankov, Kabaev, Buyalsky, Besedin.
October 27, Thursday