APOEL Nicosia vs Rosenborg: Preview and Prediction

APOEL Nicosia vs Rosenborg:
Champions League Qualifiers.
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016,
Kick-Off: 18:00 UK
Venue: Neo GSP (Nicosia).

Neo GSP stadium will be filled with cacophonous voices of spectators on Tuesday when Apoel welcomes Norwegian side Rosenborg for the second leg of the Champions League third round qualification.

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Apoel lost the first leg of the game at Rosenborg by 2 goals to 1 which have given their opponent a slight advantage. Apoel went 2 goals down in the first 44 minutes of the game, but Georgios Efrem pulled one back for Apoel in the 67th minute to give them an away goal.

Rosenborg’s weekend league game was postponed, giving them enough time and space to prepare for this game, they will be hoping to get at least a draw in the game to cross over to the next phase of the tournament.

APOEL Nicosia vs Rosenborg: Head to Head

This is the second meeting for the two teams after the first leg which was played last mid-week. Rosenborg’s Christian Gytkjear opened the score line in 23 minutes while Jorgen Skjelvik made it 2-0 in the 45th minutes before Efrems pulled one back for Apoel.

APOEL Nicosia vs Rosenborg: Prediction

Rosenborg are in good shape recently, they are unbeaten in their last 16 league games, also they are unbeaten in 21 of their last 23 games in all competition. They are cruising on top of the table with 40 points, 6 points above the second team and a game at hand.

Besides the UEFA Champions League fixtures, Apoel have not been involved in any other competitive football activity, they have drawn 1, won 1 and lost 1 in the 3 UEFA Champions League games they have played so far. Their convincing 3-0 home win against The New Saints showed they can be a serious threat at home.

Rosenborg are not as good away as they are at home, but their good defense could come handy here and earn them a draw in the game to qualify them for the next round. I’ll go for a double chance for the Norway side.

APOEL Nicosia vs Rosenborg: Tips

1. Rosenborg draw or win
2. Over 1.5 goals