CS Petrocub vs AEK Larnaca for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at the Zimbru Stadium.
Petrocub has not competed in the national league since the end of June, because the Moldovian championship has gone on summer ‘vacation’, and will restart in early August. After only losing 1-0 in the first leg, the team should approach this game in a more offensive way to turnaround the unfortunate result.
Currently, the Moldovans are in the fourth position of their championship with twenty-five points, the first place outside the qualifying zone for international competitions, has only one disadvantage point for Milsami, third place and fourteen points for Sheriff Tiraspol, who is the leader of the league.
The team will have to recover a goal, it is a difficult task, but not impossible. In the last ten home games for all competitions, Petrocub won five times, drew three and lost two games.
Petrocub is undoubtedly aware that it will not be an easy confrontation but also has a team with some quality, and this time will have the support of its fans, which can make a difference.
After a lean but important win over Petrocub 1-0 in the first leg of the first qualifying round of the Europa League, AEK Larnaca will try to keep the result in their favour. The Cypriots suffered more than they were expecting, but as they didn’t concede goals, they have the easier task.
Expecting that the hosts will have a more offensive stance, the AEK Larnaca can take advantage of this factor and will probably create some chances of goal. As well as their opponent, they also didn’t play last weekend, because the Cypriot Championship will only begin in the second half of August.
In their last ten games as a visitor, AEK Larnaca has won five, drawn three and lost only two, which is a reasonable record, but the team conceded goals in eight of the last ten matches, so their defence needs to improve in some aspects.
The AEK team did an excellent job at home, but now the game will be in the opponent’s ground, and it will be challenging. The team’s coach is more confident, as it seems to have the entire squad at his disposal.
I expect a balanced game until the end. Petrocub are at a disadvantage by only one goal, and they naturally want to fight to win over AEK Larnaca team, and I think it’s very possible.