Preview: Fenerbahce vs. AEK Larnaca – prediction, team news, line-ups


Sports Mole preview Thursday’s Europa League clash between Fenerbahce and AEK Larnaca, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Fenerbahce will try to extend their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions when they host AEK Larnaca in the Europa League Thursday.

The Turkish side have taken four points from their two group games, while the visitors have three points to their name after beating Dynamo Kyiv on matchday two.


Match preview

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Fenerbahce excelled under Jorge Jesus this season, losing just one of their 15 competitive games in 90 minutes.

Despite losing to Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League qualifiers, Fenerbahçe have avoided defeat in all six of their Europa League appearances this season.

Slovacko and Austria Vienna were ousted in the qualifying rounds, and after Dynamo Kyiv also fell in the Europa League, Fenerbahce avenged their previous loss with a 2-1 victory before drawing 2-2 against Rennes in the his last European release.

Since coming from two goals down to pick up a valuable point in France, Fenerbahce have hammered Alanyaspor 5-0, while their derby encounter against Besiktas at the weekend ended scoreless.

As the Yellow Canaries turn their attention to Thursday’s fixture, they will be confident they can claim maximum points after winning their last five home games in all competitions by a combined 17-4.

Nenad Tomovic celebrates AEK Larnaca's goal on September 15, 2022© Reuters

While the hosts sit first in the group, AEK Larnaca are currently one point off third ahead of back-to-back Europa League games against Fenerbahce.

The Cypriot side also had to fight their way to Europa League qualifying, beating Partizan Belgrade and Dnipro-1 to qualify for the main draw.

Larnaca must have regretted a 94th-minute winner from the Rennes defender Lorenz Assignon on Matchday 1, but they managed to find an answer in their second group game against Dynamo Kyiv.

Adam GurcsoThe eighth-minute goal proved enough to secure Larnaca’s first victory in the group stage, while the result also helped Larnaca win three of their previous four matches in all competitions.

Including qualifying matches, the Cypriot side have lost just one of their last eight Europa League away games, which will boost confidence ahead of a meeting with a Fenerbahce side who won their three home matches in the competition this season.

Fenerbahce Europa League form:

Form of Fenerbahçe (all competitions):

Form of AEK Larnaca in the Europa League:

AEK Larnaca form (all competitions):


Team News

Mert Yandas in action for Fenerbahçe on September 15, 2022© Reuters

Guests are expected to be without the services of Luan Peres, Nazim Sangare and king joshua due to injury issues.

Back from injury to play the entire derby on Sunday against Besiktas, Serdar Aziz should keep his position in the Fenerbahçe defense line.

Ezgjan Alioski could come in from the side to feature as a left-back, while Diego Rossi is also in the running for the starting place.

As for visitors, they cannot appeal to Andreas Paraskevas and Bruno Gamawho are both currently sidelined through injury.

After coming off the bench at half-time in Saturday’s league encounter with Anorthosis, Kypros Christoforou can enter the starting formation for the trip to Turkey.

Meanwhile, Ivan Trickowski should keep his place at the front after opening his account for the season this weekend.

Possible starting line-up of Fenerbahçe:
Bayindir; Aziz, Szalai, Henrique; Kadioglu, Crespo, Arao, Alioski; Kahveci, Rossi, Valencia

Possible starting line-up of AEK Larnaca:
Piric; Christoforou; Tomovic, Milicevic, Englezou; Ledes, Oier; Faraj, Altman, Gyurcso; Trickowski


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We say: Fenerbahçe 3-1 AEK Larnaca

Although Larnaca have won three of their last four games in all competitions, we believe they are no match for a Fenerbahce side who are aiming for a sixth straight win at home.

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