AEK Athens vs Univ Craiova will meet on Thursday, August 15, 2019, in the second leg of the preliminary round 3 of the Europa League, at the “Spyros Louis” stadium in Athens.
AEK Athens solved the qualification from the tour
AEK Athens have taken full advantage of the fact that Univ Craiova is playing nothing this season, managing to win the “Ion Oblemenco” stadium with a score of 2-0, in the first leg of the preliminary round 3 of the Europa League. The “yellow-black” goals were scored by Petros Mantalos (60) and Marko Livaja (84). The Greeks reached Group E, where they had 0p in 6 matches in which they were beaten by Bayern Munich, Ajax Amsterdam and Benfica Lisbon. AEK Athens could not defend its title last season of the Greek championship, ranking third, with 57p, after PAOK Thessaloniki 80p and Olympiakos Piraeus 75p. In this new season of Super League One, the team coached by Miguel Cardoso will debut on August 24, at home with Xanthi FC.
U Craiova has 3 consecutive defeats
Craiova University suffered the third defeat in a row, after being beaten at home by 1-0 by Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe (Goran Karanović 81), in the 5th stage of the League 1. The first failure took place in the 4th stage. -a, 1-2 away with (Vasile Constantin 3 – Petrişor Petrescu 50, Ousmane Viera 53), and second at home, 0-2 with AEK Athens, in the first leg of the preliminary round 3 of the Europa League. Until the match with the Greeks, the team coached by Corneliu Papură eliminated it in the preliminary round 1 on Azerbaijan’s Səbail FK, 3-2 away to Baku and 3-2 at home, and in the preliminary round 2 on Hungary’s Budapest Honvéd, 0 -0 away to Győr and 0-0 at home, 3-1 after executing the away shots.
AEK Athens matches in European Cups against Romanian teams
- 1977-1978: ASA Targu Mures vs AEK Athens 1-0 and 0-3 (UEFA Cup, Round I)
- 1979-1980: FC Arges Pitesti vs AEK Athens 3-0 and 0-2 (European Champions Cup, Round I)
- 2009-2010: FC Vaslui vs AEK Athens 2-1 and 0-3 (Europa League, play-off)
- 2019-2020: Univ Craiova vs AEK Athens 1-1 and? -? (Europa League, Tour III)
Craiova Univ matches in the European Cups
- 2017-2018: Univ Craiova – AC Milan 0-1 and 0-2 (Europa League, round 3)
- 2018-2019: RB Leipzig vs Univ Craiova 3-1 and 1-1 (Europa League, round 3)
- 2019-2020: Sbail FK vs Univ Craiova 2-3 and 2-3 (Europa League, Round 1)
- 2019-2020: Honvéd Budapest vs Univ Craiova 0-0 and 0-0, 1-3p (Europa League, Round 2)
- 2019-2020: Univ Craiova vs AEK Athens 0-2 and? -? (Europa League, Round 3)
AEK Athens vs U Craiova Picks
And the match in Athens will be played with the gates closed, but the pressure to which the “white-blue” would have been subjected was no longer important, considering that they lost 0-2 at home. The “yellow-blacks” will know how to manage the 2-goal advantage obtained in Romania and can prepare for the “double” in the Europa League play-off with Sparta Prague or Trabzonspor (in the tour it was 2-2 in the Czech Republic). Univ Craiova do not have a coach like the world, so for the moment they cannot issue claims to qualify in the Europa League groups. So far, the University of Craiova has won in the European Cups from 2017-2018, only with the modest Səbail FK. AEK Athens is not a super team, but the owner Dimitris Melissanidis has a few valuable players in the lot, well above those of the owner Mihai Rotaru, who aims to make money, not a strong team. In these conditions, the Romanians, who are on the ground after the last 3 consecutive defeats and have not played anything since the start of the season, can not even dream that they could return the result in the return from the “Spyros Louis” stadium.
Our Prediction: Over 2.5