Apollon Limassol vs Zeljeznicar
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 2nd August 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Neo GSP Stadium (Nicosia).
- Apollon Limassol earned a 2-1 win in the tricky fixture at Bosnia last Thursday.
- The Cypriots are a tough team to battle against at home, having won 6 and drew 4 of the last 11 games.
- Apollon’s lone home defeat at the competition in 5 years happened against Everton in the final group game last season.
- Zeljeznicar enjoyed some big nights on the road at this competition, but they have to be realistic here and it will be a monumental task to overturn the first leg narrow defeat.
Apollon Limassol vs Zeljeznicar Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ 2.75 is a value bet.
Zeljeznicar +1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.65.
Apollon Limassol vs Zeljeznicar Head-to-head
The team’s met for the first time last week, Apollon snatching the bragging rights in a tightly contested battle.
Apollon Limassol vs Zeljeznicar Match Preview
Apollon barely survived a stern Stumbras test in the opening round to set up the tie with Bosnian Zeljeznicar Sarajevo in the second qualifying round of Europa League.
The Cypriot outfit are favorites over two legs, but they’ll have to raise the level of their game if they are to bring a positive score into the reverse fixture seven days after in Limassol.
There was a real buzz around Grbavica in the first leg as Bosnian fans are eager to see at least one of their teams pass the second obstacle in the European competition. Zeljeznicar did not have any troubles storming past Estonian Narva Trans in the previous round, beating them 5-1 on aggregate.
They entered the new season without huge ambitions given the team did little to strengthen their squad in the summer transfer window, but they still managed to get off to a victorious start in the domestic league.
Apollon enjoyed a pretty strong campaign in the previous season of Cypriot 1. Division. They were only four points shy of champions and still untouchable APOEL at the top of the standings. Nevertheless, the head coach Sofronis Avgousti does not have reasons to be satisfied at all after his men’s displays in two games with Stumbras.
Moving forward, Apollon’s final test before official matches saw them lose 4-0 to Slovan Liberec of Czech Republic in a friendly played earlier this month. The visitors are no doubts favorites to go through based on the difference in quality and their last season experience when Apollon featured the group stage of Europa League (together with Lyon, Everton and Atalanta).