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UEL: AEK vs Leicester


Leicester City travel to Greece to face AEK Athens to build their opening win in the Europa League. The foxes began their Group G campaign with a convincing victory over Zorya Luhansk, while their next opponent convincingly lost to Braga.

AEK will not have the injury trio Andre Simoes, Levi Garcia and Damian Szymanski for this match. Former Swansea City and Norwich striker Nelson Oliveira is pushing to start in attack. Despite having only won third place in the Greek league in the past two seasons, AEK Athens will be optimistic that there will be a long way to go, but a heavy defeat against Braga may have changed. change their trust, and head coach Massimo Carrera will admit that the club cannot accept another defeat at this stage. However, AEK performed poorly towards the end of the match, with the only victory in 4 matches 1-0 at PAS Giannina on Sunday. It is understandable that Carrera will be worried about the team's development since their famous victory over Wolfsburg in the final qualifying round. 

Rodgers is unlikely to take any risks with Vardy, who just returned from injury over the weekend. That would lead to Kelechi Iheanacho leading the attack, while Ayoze Perez and Marc Albrighton could also be starting. Wes Morgan could have been given a rare midfield chance after Jonny Evans went down the bench. With some of his team members traumatized and unexpected home defeats against West Ham United and Aston Villa, the start of the season wasn't as smooth as Brendan Rodgers had expected. However, consecutive victories over Zorya and Arsenal without conceding a goal have lifted the morale of Leicester, the team currently sitting in fourth place in the Premier League standings. Rodgers will prioritize their progress in England's top division over the Europa League, but that won't stop the Northern Ireland manager from asking for another professional performance later this week. The Fox's head coach could use the opportunity to give his first starting spot to winger Cengiz Under after the Turkish international supported Jamie Vardy's victory at Emirates. While the 23-year-old is now on the bench, the former Roma player could emerge as a key factor as the season unfolds with Rodgers needing to manage his team's fitness.  




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