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Brighton gear up for the first ever European game at the AMEX Stadium in Sussex when they welcome AEK Athens on September 21. After the spectacular campaign that saw the club finish in the top six positions, the club are hoping to get a similar outcome in the Europa League following a brilliant start to the new season.
Brighton vs AEK Athens Predicted Lineups and News
Brighton have not shown any let up from the performances towards last season, as they are fifth in the Premier League coming into this Europa League match. After the first five league matches, Brighton have picked up four victories including the wins over against Manchester United.
AEK Athens have a lot more experience in European competitions but they have failed to get past the group stages of the Champions League or Europa League in the last five seasons. The Greek outfit have also struggled for form with only one win in the last five matches in all competitions.
Team News: Brighton
Brighton’s team selection will be interesting to watch in this match. The Brighton vs AEK Athens predicted lineups expect a strong line-up from Roberto de Zerbi. The major changes are likely to come about as a result of injuries and suspensions.
There are three major names who are missing because of injuries. Julio Enciso, Pervis Estupinan, and Solly March are the players on the treatment table, but Evan Ferguson is likely to feature in the starting line-up after having come back from his recent spell on the sidelines. Jakub Moder is the only other player who will be unavailable for the game.
Brighton Predicted Lineup
Verbruggen, Lamptey, Dunk, Webster, Milner, Gilmour, Gross, Fati, Pedro, Adingra, Ferguson
Team News: AEK Athens
AEK Athens are missing a number of players for the upcoming. Coach Matías Almeyda will be taking a late goal on the participation of Domagoj Vida, who appeared to suffer an injury in the recent game with Olympiacos. Paolo Fernandes remains on the treatment table because of Achilles tendon problem while Domagoj Vida is missing because of a bruised rib. Harold Moukoudi is the only other player missing because of injuries.
AEK Athens find themselves with only one win from the last five matches in all competitions. The club are sixth in the standings come into the match.
AEK Athens Predicted Lineup
Stankovic, Mohammadi, Moukoudi, Mitoglou, Rota, Zuber, Szymanski, Eliasson, Pineda, Ponce, Mantalos
Will Joao Pedro Play Today?
Joao Pedro came up with a stellar display against Manchester United during the weekend. However, he has not played 90 minutes of any match so far this season. As a result, Brighton coach Roberto de Zerbi would be tempted to use the midfielder from the word go. After his against Manchester United, there is also a decent case for Joao Pedro to play from the start. In the 250+ minutes of Premier League action, Pedro has been able to make 1.4 key passes per match with a passing accuracy of 82.5%.
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