APOEL Nicosia vs Slavia Prague
2017/18 UEFA Champions League Play-off
Date: Tuesday, 15th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Neo GSP Stadium (Nicosia).
Slavia Prague look to enter Champions League group phase for the first time in 10 years. Standing in their way is Cypriot outfit APOEL from Nicosia, who had moderate success at the competition in recent years.
APOEL were knocked out of the play-offs in the last three season. This came after successfully negotiating the qualifiers on two of the previous three seasons.
Nicosia defeated Dudelange from Luxembourg (2-0 aggregate) in the second round of the qualifiers this season. They struggled in the third round tie against Romanian club FC Viitorul. They lost the first leg 1-0 before a comprehensive 4-0 win in extra time in the return leg at home.
Slavia Prague last played at Champions League in the 2007/08 season. Since then, they made it to the qualifiers on two other occasions and were eliminated by losing the first match.
The Czech team were drawn against BATE Borisov from Belarus in the previous round. It was a tight clash and the Czech team managed to come on top with an away goal advantage It was a 1-0 win at home and 2-1 defeat in the away leg.
APOEL Nicosia vs Slavia Prague: Head-to-head
This is the first competitive meeting between the two teams.
Also, Sparta Prague’s first ever meeting with a club from Cyprus.
Apoel met Czech teams on 6 previous occasions and have a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses. At home, 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss.
APOEL Nicosia vs Slavia Prague: Prediction
APOEL come with a strong home record in this competition and are unbeaten in the last six with 4 wins and 2 draws. Also, it is hard to visiting teams to score at this ground, which is reflected by the 4 clean sheets in the last five.
On the other hand, Sparta are win-less in 15 away games in UEFA competitions, a long streak of 17 matches with 8 draws and 7 losses. Also, they struggled to overcome BATE in the previous round and lost the away leg. Therefore, APOEL are likely to continue their strong form at home at the expense of the Czech team.
APOEL Nicosia vs Slavia Prague: Bet Tips
FT – APOEL to win for 2.70 @ Betfair.
Over 1.5 goals at 1.50 @ Betfair.