The first game on this Smart Acca sees Brighton & Hove Albion take on AEK Athens at the Amex Stadium, with Roberto De Zerbi’s men coming in as firm favourites.
Brighton enter this game off back-to-back 3-1 victories over Manchester United and Newcastle after their 3-1 loss to West Ham. Prior to these results, the Seagulls had recorded two 4-1 wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Luton Town.
AEK Athens have won just one of their last five matches, beating Volos NFC 3-2 in the run-up to their 1-1 draw with Olympiakos last time out. Their form had been poor before the aforementioned games, having lost 2-1 and 1-0 to Royal Antwerp in Champions League qualifying on either side of a 1-1 home draw with Panserraikos.
LASK faces off against Liverpool on Thursday, with Jurgen Klopp’s men being the outright favourites to win the Europa League.
The hosts managed to battle to a 3-2 aggregate win over Zrinjski to qualify following a 2-1 win and a 1-1 draw. In terms of domestic form, LASK sit third in the Austrian Bundesliga and have won all of their last three league fixtures, beating Austria Klagenfurt 3-1, Austria Lustenau 2-0 and Austria Wien 2-0.
Liverpool are in red hot form entering this fixture, as following their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on the opening day of the season, the Reds have won their other four matches, beating Bournemouth and Wolves by 3-1 scorelines on either side of 2-1 and 3-0 victories against Newcastle and Aston Villa.
Bayer Leverkusen goes head-to-head with Hacken at the BayArena on Thursday, with Xabi Alonso’s men expected to go far in this season’s UEFA Europa League.
Leverkusen’s perfect start to the season came to an end at the weekend when they managed to earn a reputable 2-2 draw away at Bayern Munich. Noticeably, they have been in superb goalscoring form, having thrashed Teutonia Ottensen 8-0, before earning 3-2, 3-0 and 5-1 wins over RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach and Darmstadt.
Hacken’s form has been inconsistent, as having advanced to the group stages of this competition by beating Aberdeen 5-3 on aggregate, they have struggled domestically, losing 4-2 and 1-0 to Goteborg and Degerfors, while scraping a 3-2 home win over Halmstad.
Fenerbahce goes up against Nordsjaelland in the only Europa Conference League fixture on this Smart Acca.
The Turkish giants have been in excellent form so far this campaign, winning all of their last five matches, thrashing FC Twente 6-1 on aggregate to qualify for this competition, while also earning 2-0, 1-0 and 3-2 wins over Samsunspor, Ankaragucu and Antalyaspor.
Nordsjaelland are currently on a two-game winless streak having drawn 2-2 and 1-1 with Kobenhavn and Lyngby after beating Partizan Belgrade 1-0 and 5-0 on either side of a thumping 3-0 home win over Midtjylland.
The final game on this list sees Sturm Graz host Sporting Lisbon at the Merkur Arena in what could be a closely contested Europa League match.
Sturm Graz were thrashed 7-2 on aggregate by PSV in the last qualifying round, however, they have won two out of their last three Austrian Bundesliga matches, beating Blau-Weiss Linz 4-1 and Altach 2-1 before drawing 2-2 at home with Red Bull Salzburg.
Sporting are unbeaten in their last five matches, with the only blot on Ruben Amorim’s copybook being a 1-1 away draw with Sporting Braga, having managed to beat the likes of Vizela 3-2, Casa Pia 2-1, Famalicao 1-0 and Moreirense 3-0.
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