APOEL Nicosia vs Suduva Preview and Predictions

APOEL Nicosia vs Suduva
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Neo GSP Stadium (Nicosia).

Suduva grabbed the biggest surprise result of the 2018/19 Champions League qualifiers this far by defeating APOEL 3-1.

This is arguably the biggest win for the Lithuanian champions in Europe, against a seasoned campaigners like APOEL, who made four Champions League group stage appearances.

Suduva raced to a 3-0 lead as early as 20 from kick-off, all courtesy of lethal strikes from Rigino Cicilia. The 23-year old forward from Curacao was making his European debut, while Suduva was playing their first ever game in the Champions League.

It was then a goal from Brazilian striker Caju that pulled APOEL back to the tie with seconds left for final whistle.

However, this tie is not dead yet, as APOEL are a different proportion while playing at their own backyard.

APOEL had successfully turned around first leg defeats on two occasions over the last two seasons. So, this is a familiar territory for the Cypriots.

APOEL Nicosia vs Suduva Head-to-head

The first leg clash that ended 3-1 in favor of Suduva is their first h2h meeting between the two sides.

APOEL Nicosia vs Suduva Prediction

Without wasting much time on a long essay, I can confirm that this is APOEL’s game to win. Their record at the qualifiers in recent seasons is a formidable won, having won 5 and drew 1 of the last 6 in the last two Champions League Seasons and let in just 1 goal in the process.

But we cannot overlook Suduva’s form at this point of time. Vladimir Cheburin has accumulated a solid unit over the last 2 years and they are blowing apart teams in the A-Lyga. They are lethal in front of goal and a constant threat from set-pieces. So, APEOL are about to face a difficult task on Tuesday.

I am not convinced if the Cypriots can overturn the 2 goal deficit, yet confident that they will grab a narrow win here.

APOEL Nicosia vs Suduva Betting Tips

Safe option is Suduva +2.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.49 odd.

Value seekers can back the Both teams to Score @ 2.43 odd.