APOEL from Cyprus host Czech Republic’s Slavia Praha, on the Champions League’s play-offs.
The home side has been almost hegemonic on domestic football over the course of last seasons. They have won the Cyprian 1st division for the last 5 seasons in a row.
Consequentially, the team has always qualified for the Champions League on the last few years. Sometimes they end up going through to the group stage, sometimes they don’t.
Last season the team ended up falling on the 3rd qualifying round against Copenhagen. The season prior to that one, they were eliminated by Astana.
On the current edition of this European competition, APOEL has already advanced two qualifying rounds, eliminating Dudelange, with 2 wins, and Vitorul, losing away but then winning at home, in the process.
The team has recently played the Cyprus’ Super Cup final and ended up losing to Apollon Limassol 2-1.
Latest results APOEL FC
09.08.2017 SC APOEL FC 1-2 Apollon Limassol
02.08.2017 CLQ APOEL FC 4-0 AET Viitorul Constanta
26.07.2017 CLQ Viitorul Constanta 1-0 APOEL FC
19.07.2017 CLQ F91 Dudelange 0-1 APOEL FC
15.07.2017 CF Ethnikos Achnas 0-3 APOEL FC
12.07.2017 CLQ APOEL FC 1-0 F91 Dudelange
Latest results Slavia Praha
11.08.2017 D1 Slavia Praha 2-0 Jihlava
06.08.2017 D1 Banik Ostrava 0-0 Slavia Praha
02.08.2017 CLQ BATE Borisov 2-1 Slavia Praha
29.07.2017 D1 Slavia Praha 1-0 Teplice
25.07.2017 CLQ Slavia Praha 1-0 BATE Borisov
16.07.2017 CF Slavia Praha 4-1 OGC Nice
APOEL vs Slavia Praha Pick:
Their opponents will be the Czech Republic’s current title holders, Slavia Praha. The team has made a great league campaign last season, finishing two points above Viktoria Plzen.
It is the return of Slavia to the Champions League since their last appearance in 2009. On the current edition of the UCL, the team has also played 1 qualifying round already, against BATE Borisov from Belarus.
The team won at home but ended up losing at Minsk. However, they advanced on away goals. On the Czech league, the team has played 3 matches already, having won 2 of them, and drawing the other, which puts them in 2nd place with 7 points so far.
Of course, this will be a close match, and the odds clearly indicate that. But I will respect APOEL’s strength at home here. The team generally does well playing at home, so I believe they have a higher chance to win.
Plus, with the odds offered, backing the home win, with the draw protected, seems valuable to win.
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