APOEL Nicosia – Qarabag, Champions League Prediction
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION FOR APOEL - QARABAG
APOEL had no problems with Sutjeska and their victory came relatively easily. They had no drastic changes in the summer. The Cypriot league starts only at the end of August, which means that now APOEL have the opportunity to prepare very well for every match in the UCL, because they rest for one week. The team has always relied on its strong defense and it is no coincidence that in the last three matches it has not scored a goal.
Qarabag also coped well with its past rival. It was Dundalk, who was defeated both games, but in the first draw, 1-1, after which Qarabag did their job. Interestingly, they will face exactly Nicosia, who are quite similar in style to the game, and now there will actually be a clash of two defensive teams, so the game will be on mistakes.
Qarabag also has not yet begun the championship. Like APOEL, they hardly concede goals, and are in a good streak of 7 straight games without losing. We think the stakes here are too big to change tactics. APOEL and Qarabag profess a style that is unlikely to change right now. We think that in the first game the goal of both teams will be not to lose, which means that they will be cautious. From there, our tip is Under 2.5 goals at 1.53.
APOEL has 6 clean sheets in the last 8 home games
7 consecutive away games of Qarabag ended with under 2.5 goals
APOEL TEAM NEWS
Al Tamari (24/9 M) is under quesiton.
QARABAG TEAM NEWS
Ozobić (27/9 M), Hüseynov (19/1 D) are out. Medvedev (21/0 D), Míchel (20/5 M) are under question.