AEK Athens vs Leicester Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Oct 28, 2020, 12:30 PM GMT
Cengiz Uender, Jamie Vardy, Youri Tielemans
Leicester are back in European action on Thursday | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
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Leicester will look to make it two wins from two in the Europa League when they travel to AEK Athens on Thursday.

The Foxes opened their campaign with a 3-0 win over Zorya Luhansk before a big upset win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday in the Premier League.

AEK Athens were well beaten in their opening Europa League fixture against Braga, losing 3-0 in Portugal before picking up a win domestically against Giannina on Sunday.

Harvey Barnes was flying on match day one
Harvey Barnes was flying on match day one | Visionhaus/Getty Images

With Brendan Rodgers' side riding a wave of momentum this week, AEK Athens will need to be at their best for a positive result. Here's 90min's preview of the midweek clash.

Where to Watch on TV

When Is Kick Off? Thursday 29 October
What Time Is Kick Off? 17:55 (GMT)
Where Is it Played? OACA Spyros Louis
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport 1 (UK)
Referee? Harald Lechner


Team News

AEK Athens manager Massimo Carrera will be without three first-team players for this game, with Andre Simoes, Levi Garcia and Damian Szymanski all injured.

Leicester are likely to rest Jamie Vardy once again following his substitute appearance against Arsenal, while they are still without Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey and Islam Slimani.

Predicted Lineups

Stratos Svarnas
AEK Athens need a result after their loss to Braga last week | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

AEK Athens: Tsintotas; Paulinho, Chygrynskiy, Svarnas, Lopes; Mantalos, Shakhov, Krsticic; Tankovic, Ansarifard, Livaja.

Leicester: Schmeichel; Justin, Fofana, Morgan, Fuchs; Praet, Choudhury; Albrighton, Maddison, Perez; Iheanacho.

Recent Form

The Greek side have struggled in recent weeks, with two wins and two losses from their last five fixtures. They've scored just four times in those games and were dominated in Portugal last time out in the Europa League, losing 3-0 to Braga.

Leicester on the other hand have had a rollercoaster of form recently. They dismantled Manchester City before being dominated themselves by West Ham. They then fell in a tightly contested game against Aston Villa before their wins over Zorya Luhansk and Arsenal.

Here are the five most recent results of each team coming into this fixture.

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Leicester City's form has been up and down in recent weeks | CATHERINE IVILL/Getty Images

AEK Athens

Giannina 0-1 AEK Athens (25/10)
Braga 3-0 AEK Athens (22/10)
AEK Athens 1-1 PAOK (18/10)
Atromitos 1-0 AEK Athens (4/10)
AEK Athens 2-1 Wolfsburg (1/10)

Leicester

Arsenal 0-1 Leicester (25/10)
Leicester 3-0 Zorya Luhansk (22/10)
Leicester 0-1 Aston Villa (18/10)
Leicester 0-3 West Ham (4/10)
Manchester City 2-5 Leicester (27/9)

Iheanacho will look to add to his two goals from the win over Zorya Luhansk
Iheanacho will look to add to his two goals from the win over Zorya Luhansk | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Prediction

With the qualities of the squads and the current form it's hard to look past another Leicester win here.

They're likely to rest some key players but there are positions in the starting team that are up for grabs and players know a good performance could see them start at the weekend. AEK have struggled in front of goal recently and with Leicester riding a wave of momentum they should land a comfortable win.

Prediction: AEK Athens 0-2 Leicester

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