THE defeat by Marseille dashed her hopes AEK to continue in the Europa League and the most realistic goal now is third place leading to the Conference League.
The Marseilles are now at the top of the group with 8 points, at 7 reached the Brighton with the victory in the Netherlands, while behind the 4 of the “Union” is Ajax with 2.
The “yellow and black” can hope to qualify for the knockouts of the Europa League only with a win over Brighton at the Opap Arena on 30 November. If they manage to beat the English team again and at the same time Ajax does NOT win at the Velodrome, then Matias Almeida’s team will secure at least third place from the fifth matchday.
If AEK draw with Brighton or lose, forget the Europa League and hope only for Conference League. In fact, if the “Union” does not beat the English team and Ajax does not beat Marseille, then the “yellow and black” will play for third place in Amsterdam on December 14, playing for two results, as a draw will also be convenient for them. Conversely, if Ajax beat Marseille and AEK lose to Brighton, then the Greek giants will only need a win at the Johan Cruyff Arena to go third in the Conference League knockouts.
Turning to Lamia and headache in the center
Until the continuation of its European obligations, AEK wants to do its utmost in the Stoiximan Super League in order not to lose any more ground. Before the break for the national teams, “Union” welcomes on Sunday the Ghoul (19:30). Matias Almeida has to manage the stress of his players, but it’s also a headache for the midfield. And that’s because Yonsson was out yesterday, Simanski left after an injury in the last minutes, while Galanopoulos has been declared to serve a penalty for cards in the next game. It is certain that changes will be made to refresh the team. It also remains to be seen if Rota, who was also out yesterday, will be available.
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