FC Basel vs APOEL Nicosia
Date: Thursday, 27 February 2020
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: St. Jakob-Park (Basel).
With their three-goal lead from the reverse fixture earlier in the first leg of the play-offs, FC Basel will be keen on netting a couple of goals against APOEL Nicosia at home. Since Nicosia couldn’t tame Basel at home, it will be hard for the traveling side to get anything away from home.
FC Basel vs APOEL Nicosia Head-to-head (h2h)
Their previous encounter gave a 0-3 away win for APOEL.
FC Basel vs APOEL Nicosia Match Preview
FC Basel had a 2-2 draw with Servette in their previous encounter in the Swiss Super League. The host has lost only two of their last five overall fixtures.
APOEL Nicosia has marked only one win in their past five matches in their schedule across all major contests. Their previous encounter was on the road and APOEL lost 0-2 to the likes of Paphos in that match.
It has to be noted that FC Basel will be hosting after a three-goal lead from the first leg. So, we can expect the host to be mentally strong in the game as the players will be on high morale.
Basel is on a three-game winless streak in their home matches in the Swiss league. However, the host has not lost in any of the Europa League matches held here (3W) in this season.
In sharp contrast, Nicosia has won only one of their three away matches in the Europa League. Apart from that, the visitor has lost their last two trips on the road.
With their 3 goal cushion, Basel will have a slight edge over APOEL in the clash. Having a poor away form in all major competitions will pull back the visitors at Basel.
FC Basel vs APOEL Nicosia Prediction
APOEL Nicosia will need a four-goal margin thriller at Basel to qualify for the next round in the tournament.
Sadly, the visitors have not won a game in any major European contests by more than two goals since 1963. So, the chances of that happening are very rare, especially against FC Basel.
FC Basel is playing in the Switzerland Super League while Nicosia is participating in the First Division league of Cyprus.
Nicosia is one of the most successful Cypriot clubs and the last season champions. But compared with the Swiss league, they are slightly inferior in the overall competition.
Moreover, FC Basel has picked up a commanding 0-3 win in the first leg. If Basel could get a clean sheet victory away from home, then they can probably keep or extend their lead in the clash at the comforts of their own turf.
Along with that, Basel will be backed up by their home ground advantage. To make things easier for the host, Nicosia has won only two of their previous 25 away games in the Europa League.
As such, the punters can go with FC Basel as the favorites to win in the clash. Since we saw Basel scoring three goals in the first leg, there is a chance that the game will produce over 1.5 goals within ninety minutes.
FC Basel vs APOEL Nicosia Betting tips
FC Basel to win @ 1.66 (4/6).
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.40 (2/5).