Apoel Nicosia vs FC Astana
Europa League Qualification Play-off
Date: Thursday 23rd August 2018
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: GSP Stadium (Nicosia).
APOEL Nicosia and FC Astana will square off on Thursday evening and the reward after these two legs will be a place in the Europa League.
First there is 180 minutes of football to get through and APOEL will be the favourites to win this first leg. The value is good and the team are around the even money mark to take an advantage from Cyprus.
APOEL got here after beating Hapoel Be’er Sheva in an absorbing two matches which ended 5-3 to them. Hapoel are no pushovers and that fixture was always going to be an exciting and close encounter.
FC Astana have not had to endure all of the games that APOEL have played and might be more fresh coming into this game.
Even though they are the underdogs for this match, in the 2nd leg it wouldn’t be a surprise if they are the favourites and there isn’t much between the teams, this will certainly be a close game.
Apoel Nicosia vs FC Astana: Head to Head
The teams were drawn against each other twice, once in the Champions League play-off and the most recent in the Europa League group stage. Astana lead the overall h2h with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.
In 2016/17 Europa League group stage, the teams won their respective home games by the same 2-1 score-line.
While in the 2015/16 Champions League play-off it was Astana who progressed on the back of a 1-0 home win and 1-1 draw in Nicosia.
Apoel Nicosia vs FC Astana: Prediction
Both teams have the quality to get goals and that is the market we will be concentrating on here to see both teams score for maximum stakes. The other bet will be to predict the correct score for value.
We have a game here that will start quick as APOEL look to take advantage in the first leg but FC Astana can also apply themselves onto this match as it goes on and the referee will most likely have a busy night ahead of him.
Apoel Nicosia vs FC Astana: Bet Tips
Both teams to score at 1.91 (10/11)
Correct Score: 2-1 to APOEL or 2-2 at 9.00 (8/1) or 15.00 (14/1) respectively.