Apollon Limassol vs Aberdeen
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: AEK Arena – Goerge Karapatakis.
Aberdeen are the only Scottish side left in the competition after St. Johnstone and (particularly) Rangers suffered embarrassing eliminations in the early stages of this term of Europa League.
However, the Dons will need to be at their best if they want to keep the minimum 2-1 lead from the first leg against Cypriot Apollon Limassol this Thursday.
Apollon are handicapped to play their home European fixtures at AEK Arena (ARK Larnaca’s stadium) since their own ground does not satisfy UEFA criteria for this stage of the competition.
Sofronis Avgousti can’t be quite proud of his team’s displays in pre-season as Apollon lost three games on the bounce to the likes of Mlada Boleslav, Admiora and Rapid Vienna.
The hosts did not have any troubles with Moldovan Zaria Balti in the second qualifying round.
Adam Rooney is completely recovered from an injury which prevented him to feature Aberdeen’s previous Euroap League fixtures.
It is clearly encouraging news for Derek McInnes who found the way to survive Siroki Brijeg scare in the previous round of the competition thanks to an away 0-2 win in the second leg.
Apollon Limassol vs Aberdeen: Head to head
Ryan Christie and Graeme Shinnie were on target for Aberdeen in a narrow 2-1 win seven days ago at Pittodrie Stadium, while Jander Ribeiro Santana bagged the only goal for the Cypriot side.
Apollon Limassol vs Aberdeen: Prediction
Interestingly, Apollon are 19/20 favourites to clinch the victory meaning that the value goes to the Scots who are 4/5 to avoid a defeat.
With Rooney back in squad, we simply have to take these odds with both hand and back the pick with high stakes.
Apollon Limassol vs Aberdeen: Bet Tips
The top betting option is Aberdeen or Draw Double Chance at the odds of 4/5.
The Braver punters can try with Aberdeen to win the match at 3/1.