Apollon Limassol vs FC Basel
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Neo GSP, Nicosia.
Basel lost the domestic crown after eight consecutive titles last year when Young Boys lifted the silverware.
They could miss out on the group stage of a European competition for the first time after 14 years this time around if they lose the reverse fixture of the play-offs tie with Apollon on Thursday at Neo GSP.
The Swiss giants are obviously going through a tough period, but there is a man who seems capable of shifting their fortunes around before the potential disaster,.
His name is Marcel Koller who led the Austrian national side from 2011 to 2017. The Swiss manager took over the interim solution Alexander Frei after Raphael Wicky was fired following the catastrophic 5-1 loss on aggregate to Greek PAOK in the second qualifying round for Champions League.
The 2012/13 Europa League semi-finalists notched five consecutive wins under Koller (including two over Vitesse in the previous qualifying round). Can the Swiss manager complete the job and guide Basel towards the group stage past Apollon?
Apollon Limassol vs FC Basel Head-to-head
This will only be the second ever head to head match between the two sides.
The clash played seven days ago at St. Jakob Park offered a true drama.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel pushed Basel ahead six minutes into the game, but Apollon turned things around with goals from Ante Maglica and Fotios Papoulis.
However, Basel has the final word as van Wolfswinkel and Eray Cumart completed another comeback to secure a 3-2 victory for Koller’s troops ahead of the reverse fixture in Nicosia.
Apollon Limassol vs FC Basel Prediction
The job is by no means done for the Swiss giants, though. Apollon featured the group stage of the competition last year and they actually have three UEL groups appearances since 2013.
Sofronis Avgousti has been doing a magnificent job over the last couple of years and the team has an impeccable home record under his guidance.
Apollon come into this off the back of 14 straight victories in front of the home crowd in all competitions and they’ve bagged two or more goals in each of these wins in the process.
Basel’s defensive line revealed plenty of holes at the start of the season and we can predict huge problems for the visitors in their quest of keeping things tight at the back here.
The Over 2.5 goals FT thus pops up as the banker bet at the odds of 1.80, while braver tipsters can go for the hosts to win & BTTS at the sky-high 4.75 odds.
Apollon Limassol vs FC Basel Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80
Apollon to win & BTTS @ 4.75.