FC Basel vs Apollon Limassol
Europa League Qualification Play-off
Date: Thursday 23rd August 2018
Kick off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: St Jakob- Park (Basel).
Swiss side Basel will be the big favourites to qualify for the Europa League and here is a side that have caused some of the biggest teams in Europe problems in both this competition and even the Champions League so it would be a big shock not to see them win this game and give themselves a good chance for the 2nd leg.
Basel overcame Dutch team Vitesse in the last round by winning each game very efficiently 1-0 for a 2-0 win aggregate.
Apollon Limassol have come a long way but this game should be quite daunting and a real test for them. They beat Dynamo Brest 4-1 on aggregate in the last round and have been on form up front.
The Cypriots will be hoping to continue that as they try to keep the score low and get an away goal which could be vital in a week’s time.
FC Basel vs Apollon Limassol: Head to Head
There are no previous head to head matches between the two sides.
FC Basel vs Apollon Limassol: Prediction
The truth is Apollon do not travel very well, even when they beat Dynamo Brest 4-1 in the last round they lost 1-0 when away. Now they are facing a much better team so they will have to be brilliant defensively.
This is why we are backing Basel to start well and end well and that means our main bet will be to see them winning at half time and full time.
For smaller stakes we will concentrate on the half time score, we expect to see a couple of goals in the first half, and the stadium should be a daunting atmosphere for the away side.
FC Basel vs Apollon Limassol: Bet Tips
Half Time/Full Time: FC Basel/FC Basel at 2.00 (1/1)
Half Time Correct Score: 1-0 or 2-0 to FC Basel at 3.25 (9/4) and 6.50 (11/2) respectively.