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AEK Athens v Brighton: Odds, predictions, team news & more

Brighton's bid to qualify for the next stage of the Europa League reaches crunch time with a trip to Greece to take on AEK Athens in Group B.

Victory in the Greek capital will guarantee at least a play-off place, while AEK have no choice but to go for the win if they are to stay in the qualification hunt.

AEK Athens v Brighton odds

AEK Athens – 13/5
Draw – 3/1
Brighton – 10/11

AEK Athens v Brighton information

Where is AEK Athens v Brighton? AEK Arena, Athens
When is AEK Athens v Brighton? 17:45, Thursday 30th November
Where can I watch AEK Athens v Brighton? TNT Sports 2

AEK Athens v Brighton Bet Builder

AEK Athens or Draw Double Chance – 5/6 

Brighton's creaking squad continues to carve out good results but there has to be a day of reckoning soon, quite possibly in Athens on Thursday night.

Brighton head for the AEK Stadium on a run of just one loss in nine, and that was only by a 2-1 scoreline at Manchester City.

On the flip side they have failed to win eight of their last 11 – five draws – and are feeling the heat through injuries and suspensions.

It's entirely possible Roberto de Zerbi will be without nine or 10 senior professionals in Athens and the strain on them just five days after they hung on for a 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest and just three days before they head to Chelsea in the Premier League, is great.

Incredibly, they do seem to be coping with the Thursday-Sunday demands well and having just completed the double over Ajax are in a strong position to qualify from Group B for the next stage.

But their one loss of the competition so far was a 3-2 reverse at the hands of a very decent-looking AEK, and Matias Almeyda's men come into the game at a lively home stadium on the back of wins to nil over Lamia and Giannina to move to within a point of Panathinaikos at the top of the table.

International stalwarts like France's Djibril Sidibe, Croatia's Domagoj Vida and Swiss striker Steven Zuber give them big-match experience and AEK know they need to get something from this game to maintain hopes of qualification.

The prices suggest they are being under-rated and certainly laying an injury-blighted Brighton seems to make sense for leg one of a Bet Builder.

Over 9 match corners – 10/11

It was thrill-a-minute stuff at the Amex Stadium when these sides met in the second round of Group B action, AEK running out 3-2 winners. As well as the five goals there were also 13 corners, 11 of them to Brighton as they chased the game. 

And these sides have been chalking up corners throughout the group stage, Brighton averaging exactly seven a match, AEK six. Against that backdrop, and with AEK having to be positive and Brighton always attacking and often left exposed, over nine match corners looks a really decent proposition for the Bet Builder.

Pascal Gross over 0.5 shots on target – 5/6

Brighton, replicating their Premier League approach, have been positive and bold on their European debut and with eight goals scored – two in each match – are being rewarded.

Even as the away side in Athens they will play on the front foot and they will carve out openings. So far Albion have unloaded 50 shots at 12.5 per game.

And shots come from all angles, including box-to-box midfielder Pascal Gross, who has had five shots in four matches so far, all on target.

In the Premier League the German has taken 15 shots at 1.4 per game with three goals across all competitions to add to the ten he bagged last term.

Gross is clever at arriving on the edge of the box and will take pots at Cican Stankovic's goal. Make Gross to fire off at least one shot on target the third leg.

AEK Athens team news

The Greek side have doubts over Argentine striker Sergio Araujo and central midfielder Jens Jonsson. Cameroon central defender Harold Moukoudi has had an injury setback and has been ruled out.

Keeper Cican Stankovic is available after a one-match ban.

Brighton team news

Igor could be fit to return alongside Lewis Dunk with Jan Paul van Hecke suspended. Mahmoud Dahoud, banned domestically, should start in midfield. James Milner and Kaoru Mitoma could also be involved.

Definitely out are the likes of Adam Webster, Tariq Lamptey, Solly March, Danny Welbeck, Pervis Estupinan and Ansu Fati.

Head-to-head

AEK Athens wins1
Draws0
Brighton wins0

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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