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Nic Ladds 1st Dec 2009 - 19:27

All or nothing, for AEK Athens

Following AEK Athens' 2-2 draw with BATE Borisov on matchday four, the Greek side now need at least a point from the visiting Premier League strugglers Everton (7/5 for the 90 minute win) if their Europa League season is to bare any fruit whatsoever.

Although the hosts smashed AEK 4-0 in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park, it's the Greek side (priced at 19/10) who could be a danger to David Moyes' team this time around, with revenge for the 4-0 drubbing surely still fresh on the minds of the Athens based side.

In the first leg tie which saw both Carlos Araujo and Louis Saha sent off, it was Everton who dominated the play with a scoreline to match and although 4-0 away from home may be a little much to ask, 1-0 (5/1), 2-0 (17/2) and 2-1 (15/2) victories for Everton look like the patriotic punt with predictable returns.

"I never think any win is easy; I think you always have to work hard for it," said Moyes. "I think tomorrow will be a much more difficult game."

The 90 minute draw (priced at 23/10) will give the financially crippled Athens side something to play for on matchday six, while Everton will qualify if they win and BATE Borisov fail to beat Group I leaders Benfica.

Our 'Card Markets' (32 betting markets available for bookings alone) may well be worth a look heading into Wednesday's match, with this one sure to be a fierce affair following the dismissals at Goodison.

Saha sees red in the first leg

Although the Blues opened the reverse fixture blitz through a Joseph Yobo header, the defender was substituted from play in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool with a hamstring injury and will not return in time for the Wednesday evening match, with Leon Osman also out.

The scorers at Goodison; Sylvain Distin, (33/1 to score first), Steven Pienaar (14/1) and Jo (13/2) should all be available for action and can be backed to score not only the first goal, but at any point in the 90 minutes with our Anytime Scorer market.

Toffees' boss David Moyes also has Jack Rodwell fit and available following a groin strain which saw the defensive midfielder miss the Merseyside derby defeat.

"AEK have showed good home form in Europe, particularly against Benfica when they won 1-0, so that shows that it will be a different game." David Moyes.

Argentinean striker, Ismael Blanco is keen for AEK to bounce back in Wednesday's tie against the Blues.

"We still have a thorn in our side over the way they stuck so many goals past us," said Blanco. "It'll be a tough match - a final for us because we cannot lose - but the fact that it's an all-or-nothing game is because we lost a good opportunity to beat BATE at home.
Our season hasn't gone well and sadly we are probably too far behind to win the league so going far in the Europa League is crucial to the fans and players."

Blanco, AEK's faltering star striker, took until 1st November to start scoring this season. He now has three including the blink-and-you-missed-it strike within 15 seconds of the start of their Europa League outing against BATE. He's backable at 6/1 to score first and even the 7/4 to score anytime could be value.

A mouthwatering tie ensues...

Don't forget, William Hill will be offering in-play betting from kick-off, right through to the 90th minute of play, so make sure you check the latest in running prices.

| AEK Athens v Everton | Wednesday 17:30 | live on ESPN |


 
 
 

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