As one of our betting experts correctly predicted last week, AEL recorded a 2-1 win over their more illustrious opponents to come closer to what would be by far the biggest achievement in club’s history.
Nevertheless, Anderlecht remain the favourites to go through as they could qualify even with a 1-0 victory, but beating defence-minded AEL side could prove to be a tough task.
The Belgian giants recently managed to restore dominance in domestic Jupiler League, but their European exploits have been a major disappointment.
It has now been six years since RSCA last made it to Champions League group stages, so you can imagine they will be very motivated to finally achieve their goal.
John van den Brom’s side were not that bad in the first leg against AEL and were probably unfortunate to lose, so odds of 1.50 (1/2) offered by bet365 on home win do look tempting.
The hosts will be without important attacker Milan Jovanovic, who received a red card after he was substituted, while last season top scorer Matias Suarez remains sidelined.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Proto – Odoi, Wasilewski, Kouyate, Safari – Biglia, Kljestan – Gillet, Kanu, Iakovenko – Mbokani.
Cypriot champions AEL Limassol have done brilliantly to reach this far, but that makes them even more determined to qualify for the Champions League group stages.
The 3-0 aggregate win over Linfield and 2-0 aggregate victory against Partizan Belgrade earned them a chance to battle Anderlecht for the big prize, with the first match showing they were not afraid of their more illustrious opponents.
AEL played a good game at Neo GSP Stadium and managed to record a 2-1 win, which will allow them to adopt a more defensive approach in the return leg.
Similar tactics worked like a charm against Partizan Belgrade, a team that had eliminated Anderlecht at this stage two years ago, so bear in mind the Cypriots are 2.25 (5/4) with Paddy Power to qualify.
Important midfielder Luciano Bebe is sidelined through injury, with match winner Rui Miguel likely to replace him in the starting line-up.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Degra – Marco Airosa, Ouon, Dossa Junior, Carlitos – Dede, Nikolaou – Paulo Sergio, Rui Miguel, Edmar Silva – Vouho.