A Champions League playoff round in Belgium. AEK Athens was the top team in the Greek Super League 1 last season whipping opponents 69-17 in 36 matches. The defense has allowed just 6 goals in its last 12 road games. They come off a 2-2 tie versus Dinamo Zagreb. Royal Antwerp can also play great defense allowing two goals in four Belgian Pro League games, the second-fewest. During last year's regular season, they had the No. 1 defense (26 goals allowed in 34 matches). Royal Antwerp has home field but is dealing with several injuries. Centre-back Bjorn Engels has an Achilles injury, star striker Vincent Janssen came out of the last game with a late injury, and two goalkeepers won't play in Ortwin De Wolf (finger) and Davino Verhulst (eye). All of which makes this an even game with a tie real possibility. Take Royal Antwerp/AEK Athens to DRAW.
This pick was released to clients on August 21, 2023 at 6:55PM ET.
Royal Antwerp vs. AEK Athens
August 22, 2023
3:00 PM Eastern
1 unit on +252 (draw) (risk 1 to return 3.52)
Europe - Champions League
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