APOEL hosts Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League qualification finals. The match will be played on Tuesday, August 20th at Neo GSP Stadium (Nicosia)
APOEL, like last year, had almost left the UEFA Champions League ahead of time, spoiling the nerves of its fans at the last stage of qualification in the two-match confrontation with rather mediocre Azerbaijani Qarabag. The team even allowed its traditionally weak opponent to start with a sensational victory in Nicosia with a 2:1 score. But then everything fell into place in the return match, where the Cypriots did not allow the underestimation of the Caucasians, having gained a convincing victory with a result of 2:0. Moreover, Qarabag was lucky that only two goals flew into their net, and not, for example, 5 goals, etc.! By the way, APOEL changed the head coach after the aforementioned defeat to Qarabag, which, as we see, instantly shook the Legend. I hope that the islanders will have enough of such a groove for this match with formidable Ajax, with which it must try to play actively precisely in the attack since with zero in the “goals scored” column the Cypriots can no longer go to Amsterdam!
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As for Ajax, the semi-finalist of the last Champions League did not make the most favorable impression in the extreme duels of the qualification with PAOK. In those matches, the referees pulled the Dutch in the next round, having appointed, in particular, as many as three penalties at the goal of the unfortunate Greeks in Amsterdam, two of which cause serious doubts!
And I didn’t like the current defensive game of Ajax even more. The Dutch team conceded as many as 4 goals in the matches with PAOK (2:2 away and 3:2 at home)... I think that APOEL is no weaker than today's PAOK, and it should score at least once.
Prediction for the match: APOEL to score over 1.0 goal