AEK Athens host Saint-Etienne at Olympic Stadium in the Europa League third qualifying round. Let’s recall the first leg ended in goalless draw.
AEK Athens had a solid preseason as they managed to win all of their 5 friendlies with 9:0 goal difference. Although the level of their opponents was rather questionable, it allowed Greek side to gain form. This way, AEK turned in great defensive performance against Saint-Etienne on the road as they prevented their opponents from scoring. Unfortunately, they failed to create anything dangerous as well. We should mention AEK Athens are great at home as they are now on 14-game undefeated run. They did not lose a single home match in 2016 and conceded just 3 goals.
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Saint-Etienne finished on 6th spot in the Ligue 1 last season with 58 points earned and 42:37 goal difference. This summer the visitors had rather inconsistent preseason games as they beat Clermont (3:1), but lost to PSV (1:2) and Lausanne (1:4). Despite tremendous prevalence in the first match against AEK, Saint-Etienne managed to record just 2 shots on target.
Both teams are solid defensively which was proved a week ago. We should mention AEK Athens tend to play nice defensive football at home, while Saint-Etienne have one of the meanest defenses in the Ligue 1. This way we do not expect many goals scored in this match.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.