APOEL Nicosia vs Anderlecht Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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APOEL Nicosia vs Anderlecht Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

APOEL Nicosia and Anderlecht will square off at the Neo GSP on Thursday evening for the first leg of their Europa League round of 16. APOEL enter the fray on the back of a 2-1 home win over Omonia in their Cypriot First Division thanks to two first-half goals from Pieros Soteriou and David Barral. On the flip side, Anderlecht succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at Mechelen in the Jupiler League at the weekend, although they fought-back from two-goal down to level the game in the 71st minute thanks to goals from Lukasz Teodorczyk and Bram Nuytinck. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT.

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Betting Predictions and Tips

APOEL Nicosia have been impeccable on home soil over the past seven months, having lost just one of their last 20 home fixtures across all competitions. In addition, APOEL are undefeated in seven European home fixtures this season, keeping clean sheets in five of those games. The main issue is that their most prolific striker Pieros Sotiriou is suspended for this game. Meanwhile, Anderlecht were on a six-game unbeaten run across all competitions prior to their back-to-back defeats against Zenit Petersburg and KV Mechelen in their most recent trips. It’s difficult to predict the winner in this one, but I’m backing a high-scoring affair as both sides have been scoring goals for fun throughout their domestic competitions.

Over 2.5 goals at 23/20

Both teams to score - Yes at 10/11

APOEL Nicosia Preview

APOEL Nicosia’s form over the past four months has been pretty solid as they have only lost two of their last 20 games across all competitions. However, APOEL have endured a mixed run of form in the Cypriot First Division recently, registering three wins, one draw and one defeat in their last five league outings. After a 2-0 defeat on the road at Apollon a fortnight ago, APOEL bounced back with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Omonia at the weekend. APOEL sit comfortable on top of the First Division table with 62 points to their name after 26 rounds, four points clear of second-placed AEK Larnaca. APOEL have made it to this stage of the Europa League following an incredible 4-3 victory on aggregate over Athletic Bilbao. The Cypriots were beaten 3-2 in Spain in the first leg, but bounced back with an impressive 2-0 home victory in the second leg thanks to goals from Pieros Soteriou and Giannis Gianniotas. APOEL’s great performance throughout this Europa League campaign was largely based on their home form, as they are undefeated in seven European home fixtures this season, keeping clean sheets in five of those games. This is the first time that APOEL have made it to the spring phase of the Europa League after they reached the Champions League quarter-finals back in 2011/12 season. Pieros Soteriou is a player to watch here as he is leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 20 goals under his belt in his 33 appearances across all competitions.

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Anderlecht Preview

On the other hand, Anderlecht have been struggling for consistency recently, losing two of their last three meetings across all competitions. The Belgians picked up a 2-0 home win over Genk a fortnight ago in the Jupiler League, but succumbed to a narrow 3-2 defeat at KV Mechelen at the weekend. Despite the defeat, Anderlecht still sit in second position in the Jupiler League table tied on 58 points with the current leaders Club Brugge KV. Anderlecht have been scoring goals for fun throughout this Jupiler League campaign, as they managed an amazing tally of 64 goals in 29 league outings. Lukasz Teodorczyk has enjoyed an excellent campaign, as he is leading the Jupiler League’s goalscoring charts with 19 goals under his belt. The 25-year-old striker has also played a crucial role in Anderlecht’s performances throughout this Europa League campaign, scoring seven goals in his nine appearances. The Belgian outfit were lucky to qualify to this stage of the Europa League as after a 2-0 home victory in the first leg of their round of 32 tie against Zenit, Anderlecht were 3-0 down in the 78th minute in Russia a fortnight ago. However, an excellent strike from Isaac Kiese Thelin in the stoppage time booked Anderlecht’s place into the round of 16. Actually, this was Anderlecht’s first defeat in six European away fixtures this season.

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APOEL Nicosia Team News

The star striker Pieros Sotiriou is the only absentee for APOL ahead of this game, as he is missing through suspension.

Anderlecht Team News

Adrien Trebel is ineligible for this game, while Leander Dendoncker, Sofiane Hanni, Bram Nuytinck, Emmanuel Adjey Sowah, Lukasz Teodorczyk and Youri Tielemans are all one yellow card away from suspension.

APOEL Nicosia saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

APOEL Nicosia have conceeded only 2 goals in their last 2 games against Anderlecht

Anderlecht saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Anderlecht are undefeated in all of their last 2 games against APOEL Nicosia

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

APOEL Nicosia Form Guide

APOEL Nicosia Team Logo

APOEL Nicosia

Won

6

Draw

1

Lost

3
L A

18-03-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

Apollon Limassol Team Logo Apollon Limassol

FT 4 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

W H

31-03-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

AEL Limassol Team Logo AEL Limassol

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

04-04-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

Anorthosis Team Logo Anorthosis

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

15-04-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

Omonia Nicosia Team Logo Omonia Nicosia

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L A

18-04-2018

Cup Final Stage

AEK Larnaca Team Logo AEK Larnaca

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

22-04-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

AEK Larnaca Team Logo AEK Larnaca

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

25-04-2018

Cup Final Stage

AEK Larnaca Team Logo AEK Larnaca

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

29-04-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

Apollon Limassol Team Logo Apollon Limassol

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

05-05-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

AEL Limassol Team Logo AEL Limassol

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

12-05-2018

1. Division Championship Playoff

Anorthosis Team Logo Anorthosis

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

Anderlecht Form Guide

Anderlecht Team Logo

Anderlecht

Won

4

Draw

0

Lost

6
L H

01-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Gent Team Logo Gent

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

06-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Sporting Charleroi Team Logo Sporting Charleroi

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

15-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Club Brugge Team Logo Club Brugge

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

18-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Standard Liege Team Logo Standard Liege

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

21-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Genk Team Logo Genk

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

29-04-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Sporting Charleroi Team Logo Sporting Charleroi

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

06-05-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Club Brugge Team Logo Club Brugge

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

10-05-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Standard Liege Team Logo Standard Liege

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

13-05-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Gent Team Logo Gent

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

20-05-2018

First Division A Playoff Championship Group

Genk Team Logo Genk

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

APOEL Nicosia Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Anderlecht Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

APOEL Nicosia vs Anderlecht Sidelined Players

APOEL Nicosia
20 Pieros Sotiriou Suspended
Anderlecht
4 Kara Mbodji Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
99 GK Boy Waterman 188 73
44 RB Nicolas Ioannou 184 -
23 CD Inaki Astiz 185 74
30 CD Giorgos Merkis 187 83
21 LB Zhivko Milanov 177 70
17 AM David Barral 180 78
7 RM Georgios Efrem 171 -
6 CM Lorenzo Ebecilio 175 70
26 CM Nuno Morais 185 76
70 LM Giannis Gianniotas 173 71
9 CF Igor de Camargo 187 75
No. Pos Player M kg
30 GK Ruben Martinez 187 81
7 RB Andy Najar 171 69
12 LB Dennis Appiah 179 68
14 CD Bram Nuytinck 190 80
5 CD Uros Spajic 188 82
94 CM Sofiane Hanni 178 72
11 CM Alexandru Chipciu 177 74
31 CDM Youri Tielemans 177 72
32 CDM Leander Dendoncker 188 76
73 CDM Nicolae Stanciu 168 68
91 CF Lukasz Teodorczyk 185 78