APOEL Nicosia vs Tottenham Hotspur
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Group Stage
Date: Tuesday, 26th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Neo GSP Stadium (Nicosia).
Full three points will be in the mind of Mauricio Pochettino when he take his team to the tricky away trip to Cyprus.
Spurs have plenty of confidence in their bag after their 100% winning start away from home this season. The 3-2 win at Olympic Stadium against West Ham United on the weekend made it 3 wins out of as many away games. This could be a crucial factor that boost morale when traveling to an unfamiliar venue like Nicosia.
Overall, Spurs lost just once in their 8 matches in all competitions this season, which came at home in the London derby against Chelsea. The remaining 7 is split across 5 wins and 2 draws.
Tottenham kicked off their Champions League campaign with a priceless 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund, which could prove to be a crucial result in the knock out qualification race, considering the third team in the group is defending Champions Real Madrid.
APOEL were beaten 3-0 by Real on matchday 1, adding to their recent woes at the group stage. The team failed to win a game during their previous group stage appearance back in 2014/15 and the win-less streak at this phase of the tournament stand at 7 games with 1 draw and 6 losses.
The Cypriots are not having a good run in the domestic competition as well as they are win-less in two Cyprus first division games without scoring. They need to find inspiration from somewhere to put a strong performance against a team of Tottenham’s stature.
APOEL Nicosia vs Tottenham Hotspur: Head-to-head
APOEL and Tottenham are meeting for the first time in a UEFA competition’s fixture.
Apoel’s lone previous visit to English soil was to take on a North London Club. They held Spur’s arch rivals Chelsea to a 2-2 draw during the group stage of 2009/10 Champions League. They had lost the home leg to the Blues by a 1-0 margin three months ago at Nicosia.
Tottenham are unbeaten against Cypriot clubs in UEFA competitions, 3 wins and a draw. As a home side, Spurs won two matches with comfortable margins, 9-1 on aggregate. In Cyprus, it is 1 win and 1 draw in 2 games, 3-2 the total goal aggregate.
APOEL Nicosia vs Tottenham Hotspur: Prediction
There is a bay of difference in class between the two teams and there is no reason to think of other than a Spurs win here. But, Apoel are not expected to be completely blown away by the superior English opponents, as they back themselves to perform much better in competitive matches at home turf.
- Correct Score Prediction: 0-1 Spurs for 6.50 odds.
APOEL Nicosia vs Tottenham Hotspur: Bet Tips
APOEL +1.5 Asian Handicap for 2.10 odds.
Under 2.5 match goals for 2.30 odds.