AEK Athens v Brighton & Hove Albion Match Preview

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AEK Athens v Brighton & Hove Albion Match Preview

Kick-off: 5.45pm UK Time, Thursday 30th November 2023

 

AEK Athens and Brighton & Hove Albion will both be eager to boost their chances of reaching the last sixteen of this season’s Europa League when they meet in the Greek capital on Thursday evening.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be going all-out for revenge against AEK Athens after going down 3-2 at home in the reverse fixture two months ago and victory here will be enough to send the Seagulls into the last sixteen of the competition with a game to spare. Indeed Brighton would go top on Thursday evening were current Group B leaders Marseille fail to beat bottom side Ajax in the other group match.

Brighton battled out a hard-fought 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground last weekend, thus putting to an end a disappointing six-match winless Premier League run. The Seagulls have leaked 23 goals in their thirteen league outings this season but they have papered over the cracks by scoring 25 goals in their last 26 outings across competitions. They have found the net at least twice in each of their four Europa League group matches and a continuation of this solid form on Thursday evening could lift them over the line.

On home soil, AEK Athens have lost none of their last eleven domestic outings, however in the Europa League they are winless in their last fourteen at this venue, this being the lengthiest winless run on home soil in the history of the tournament. The Greek side have also suffered defeat in each of their last three home games against English opposition – namely Notts Forest in 1978, Everton in 2009 and Leicester City in 2020 – but they will be confident of doing the double over Brighton here.

The Seagulls’ defeat was certainly a reality check for the south-coast outfit but the visitors will motivated by the prospect of reaching the knockout phase of a major European competition for the first time ever and despite missing a few key players, we envisage Brighton getting the upper hand and securing all three points in the Greek capital.

 

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