Astana vs APOEL Prediction and Betting Tips
- Updated: 30th August 2018
Astana vs APOEL – Europa League :After an exciting match in Cyprus last week – Astana and APOEL face off again, this time in Kazakhstan,
where the hosts will try to revert the 1-goal disadvantage they bring from the 1st leg, where they ended up losing.
The result wasn’t unusual at all and Astana have great chances of returning the scoreline from what they’ve shown so far.
ASTANA: For a team that was dreaming about a spot in the Champions League, in less than 2 weeks they might be left out of the European competitions.
After a great start to the season, they ended up being eliminated by Dinamo Zagreb after 2 losses and they ended up losing the first match against APOEL,
which removes their excitement and that puts pressure in case the team isn’t able to get a good result this Thursday.
Just like in the 1st leg, the team will have difficulties to score and in case they expose themselves too much, they might concede a goal and see their qualification’s plans ruined.
But the fact they play this decisive match at home will increase their confidence, because they have won 2 of their last 3 matches at home and they will face a team of a similar level.
APOEL: Unlike Astana, APOEL fell right on the 1st qualifying round for the Champions League,
but they weren’t phased, and they have beaten Flora and Hapoel Beer Sheva to reach this stage, where they have the advantage of the draw after winning 1-0 in the first leg.
Their record away from home isn’t the best and that can be worrying: 2 losses and 1 draw.
However, they’ve already lifted the weight of their back by managing to get a good result playing at home, therefore, the trend suggests that the team won’t expose themselves too much and await the right moment to go on the attack,
because conceding a goal right at the start, besides erasing the advantage they had, will give motivation to the hosts to set the pace for the rest of the match.
Astana vs APOEL – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Just like in the 1st leg, we’ll se a tight match, with both teams avoiding exposing themselves too much, especially APOEL that has the advantage here.
However, the hosts will certainly turn up the pressure from start to finish, trying to recover from the difference on the scoreline, be it through the wings, set pieces or smothering the opponents until they score.
But still, the team that scores first won’t maintain the pressure and pass the responsibility to the opposition, making the game much tighter and with less goals, so the “Under 2.5 Goals” has good value here.
|Betting Tip / Prediction||Odd||Stake||Bookmaker||Status|
|Under 2.5 goals|