AEK Larnaca vs. Midtjylland Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 26, 2022 17:30 CET
Midtjylland failed to beat AEK Larnaca at home last week. In order to advance in the next round of the Champions League qualifying, they will have to win in sweltering heat in Cyprus.
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Before last round of the Cyprus League past season, AEK Larnaca was one point behind APOEL. To finish second in the table, it was necessary for them to beat Apollon (champions of Cyprus) at road, plus they needed APOEL not to win against Paphos. In the end, that’s exactly what happened. AEK beat Apollon 1:0 and APOEL lost 3:1 to Paphos and the club from Larnaca finished second.
Thanks to the excellent results of Cypriot clubs in Europe, this country has two clubs in the Champions League qualifying this year. AEK Larnaca has a chance to play in an elite competition for the first time in their history. They will have to jump over three obstacles to succeed. In any case, their main goal is to play in group stage of any of three European competitions. If they eliminate Midtjylland, they would have secured the Europa League group stage.
In the first game last week, AEK managed to draw 1:1 in Denmark. Although Midtjylland was better team on the pitch, the Cypriot club resisted. They have come in a situation where they are deciding their fate in Larnaca and they will certainly have huge support from the stands.
Midtjylland started the new season terribly. In the Danish Superliga, they played two very weak games and collected only one point. In the first round, they were unlucky against Randers when it was 1:1, but the match against Silkeborg was even worse. On Friday, Midtjylland lost 3:1 at home, and they are awaiting clash against AEK Larnaca in a weak mood.
In the first match last week against the Cypriot club, Midtjylland dominated the pitch.They created several good chances, but failed to score a goal until very end. AEK Larnaca took a 1:0 lead from the first chance they created. Midtjylland managed to respond quickly and at least draw 1:1, but they have a tough job ahead of them.
Big problem for Midtjylland is the situation with Evander. The best player of this club got injured in the first game against AEK and he is questionable. In addition, Galatasaray is negotiating his transfer, they offered six million euros and it’s expected that Midtjylland will accept it. In any case, Evander is not completely focused on the game in Cyprus at the moment.
Only time these two clubs played each other was last week. The score was 1:1, so the winner of the second leg will advance to the third round of the Champions League qualifying.
Bruno Gama has recovered, so all players are available for AEK Larnaca. Junior Brumado is out for Midtjylland, while Evander is questionable.
Although UEFA suggested to Cypriot clubs not to play matches at an earlier time due to extreme heat, they didn’t accept it. This match will be played at a temperature of almost 40C degrees. It was 20C degrees lower in Denmark last week, so it won’t be easy for Midtjylland players to adapt to the conditions in Cyprus.
Date and Time: 26.07.2022 17:30 CET
Pick: 1X (AEK Larnaca to win or draw)