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Omonia and AEK back in Europa League action

It will be a short but by no means easy trip to Israel for Omonia, as they face a capable Beitar Jerusalem side

With little time to catch their breath, Omonia and AEK are back in Europa League action on Thursday as they take on Beitar Jerusalem and Cliftonville respectively in the second round of qualifying.

It will be a short but by no means easy trip to Israel for Omonia, as they face a capable Beitar Jerusalem side in front of a boisterous crowd.
The Israelis, however, looked less than convincing in the previous round, needing a 67th-minute penalty in the second leg to see off Bosnian minnows Sloboda Tuzla.

With Badibanga ruled out through injury, John Carver will likely choose between one of Roushias or Clayton, who both scored coming off the bench in last week’s 4-1 win over Banants, to replace the Belgian.

AEK, meanwhile, travel to Northern Ireland to take on Cliftonville, who saw off Differdange of Luxembourg in the previous round.

Striker Nestoras Mytidis has signed for Roda in the Netherlands, but goals do not seem to be a problem for the Larnaca side, who defeated Folgore 6-1 on aggregate in the first round.

Juan Ortiz is back and available for selection for the first time this year, which comes as a timely boost for Imanol Idiakez, while the club have also signed Spaniard Joan Truyols.

Omonia get underway in Israel at 8pm while AEK start at 9.45pm.

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