AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kiev
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 15 February 2018
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
AEK Athens players were entitled to a 300,000-euro bonus after qualifying for the last 32 of the Europa League, but the owner/president challenged them to put a bet; get nothing if they get eliminated by Dynamo Kiev, or share a million euros if they make it to the last 16. The players accepted the challenge, with their morale boosted beyond description after beating Olympiakos twice in a matter of a few days, first in Piraeus, in the Greece Super League, and then in the Greece Cup, to eliminate their bitter rivals. Last weekend, AEK beat Asteras Tripolis 1-0 at home, staying second in the championship behind leaders PAOK, two points behind them. In the Cup, they were drawn with AEL Larissa, the weakest of the four sides in the semifinals, so they have great chances of appearing in the final. In the Europa League group stage they proved… impossible to beat. They won only one game, the first one, at Rijeka, but five draws in the remaining matches were enough to secure them a ticket to the last 32. Two of those draws were against AC Milan, both goalless.
Dynamo Kiev earned some big results away from home in the group stage, and then… lost at Skenderbeu, in Albania. They beat Partizan 3-2 in Belgrade, despite losing 2-0 at halftime. They also beat Young Boys in Switzerland, a small consolation prize for what the Swiss side had done to them earlier in the season, in the Champions League qualifiers (it was Young Boys who had put an early end to Dynamo’s dream of playing in the Champions League group stage). Dynamo haven’t played an official match since December 10. Back then, they shot their own foot drawing 0-0 at Oleksandria. They were left three points behind Ukraine Premier League leaders Shakhtar Donetsk, but they still have a game in hand.
Previous five matches:
AEK vs Asteras Tripolis 1-0
AEK vs Olympiakos 2-1
Olympiakos vs AEK 1-2
AEK vs Lamia 2-0
Olympiakos vs AEK 0-0
Sarpsborg 08 vs Dynamo Kyiv 1-0
Dynamo Kyiv vs Tianjin Teda 3-1
CSKA Sofia vs Dynamo Kyiv 0-0
Dynamo Kyiv vs Osijek 3-2
Dynamo Kyiv vs Sturm Graz 0-2
AEK’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Xanthi (Greece Super League). Same day, Dynamo will be hosting Olimpik Donetsk (Ukraine Premier League).
AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kiev: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kiev: Prediction
AEK are hot, Dynamo haven’t played an official match in over two months, AEK are considered favourites to win the game, but personally I have little doubt backing the visitors to earn at least a draw.
AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kiev: Betting Tips
Dynamo’s double chance is at 1.60 betting odds. Their win in “draw no bet” pays 2.20. Deep down, knowing how far-fetched this may look, I expect Dynamo to win and the game to have at least three goals. This combination pays an awesome 6.50.
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