Omonia take on the visitors Beitar in the second leg of Europa League qualifying matchup. The game will be played in Nicosia at GSP Stadium on Thursday, July 21st. The first leg ended with 1-0 win of Beitar.
Omonia finished fourth in the league in Cyprus elite division, taking 67 points in 36 matches with 63-34 overall goal difference. On top of that, the team advanced for the cup final that was lost to Apollon, 1-2. Today’s hosts played four friendlies this summer, beating Wacker Innsbruck, 1-0, drawing with AEK and losing to Rabotnicki, 0-2 and Dymano Moscow, 0-1. Omonia started their path in Europa League since the first round, beating Banants Yerevan, 1-0, 4-1. The first leg against Beitar was a quite even match but Jerusalem side was luckier and took 1-0 home win. Omonia played 14 matches at home in 2016, taking nine wins, one draw and four defeats.
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Beitar won bronze medals last season in Israel, recording 58 points in 36 matches with 46-37 aggregate goal difference. However, the team failed the end of season 15/16, suffering seven defeats in last nine league matches. Beitar played two matches this midseason, beating MTK Budapest and drawing sparrings with DVTK, 1-1. Beitar also started from the first round, beating Sloboda on aggregate, 0-0, 1-0. Beitar played 12 matches on the road in 2016, taking four wins, one draw and seven defeats.
The first leg showed that opponents are of about the same level and it will be tough battle for the place in the next round. Still both teams lack class and skilled players so they will likely to continue play defense in this match and we should expect them to combine many goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.