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Leicester look a good price to claim all three points away in Athens. They won 3-0 in their opener hosting Ukrainian outfit Zorya with an accomplished performance, as Kelechi Iheanacho impressed up front as star man Jamie Vardy was sidelined, dropping deeper to link play as Harvey Barnes made the runs in behind.
Meanwhile, AEK were simply outclassed when losing by the same 3-0 scoreline away to Sporting Braga, though they did overcome Wolfsburg here at this venue in a one-legged play-off to reach the group stages.
Leicester To Win
The Greek outfit come into this fixture with just one win in four games, as even that was a 1-0 win at PAS Giannina, while they also lost on the road at Atromitos domestically.
They don’t often lose at home with Olympiakos the only ones to beat them in over a year now, but Leicester are a cut above their domestic opponents and AEK have been a little more susceptible of late, winning just three of their last eight on home turf (W3-D4-L1).
AEK faltered in the Europa League play-offs last term, while they lost all six group stage encounters in their Champions League campaign the year before as they failed to score in five of those games.
The most common scoreline was 2-0, occurring three times, as they conceded at least twice in all but one of those six clashes with Bayern, Benfica and Ajax.
Kelechi Iheanacho To Score Anytime
Leicester appear to have gotten over their away day blues with victories in their last three trips to West Brom, Man City and Arsenal by a combined 9-2 scoreline.
Jamie Vardy has six goals across these games, even if four came from the penalty spot, though despite netting in a 30-minute cameo last time out he should be rested here.
Still, Iheanacho has proven something of a cup specialist for Leicester with his goal and two assists against Zorya leaving him with six strikes of his own from eight cup games since the start of last season, at a rate of one every 86 minutes.
There are some defensive minded absentees for the Foxes with Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Wilfried Ndidi and Daniel Amartey all sidelined.
However, Brendan Rodgers named a surprisingly strong team in their opener and we’d expect rotation rather than wholesale changes, so they shouldn’t be vastly reduced.
Since the start of the new season, six of Leicester’s eight matches have seen the second half contain more goals, with 69% of the 26 scored in total coming after the break.
The Foxes were level at half time in six of these games too, including four of their five wins, leaving the half-time/full-time market an attractive option.
Moreover, AEK have been level after the opening 45 in nine of 13 European group stages matches since 2017/18, as they only just failed to make it to that point unscathed on matchday one with Braga opening the scoring after 44 minutes.