APOEL welcomes Qarabag in a first game from the Champions League
APOEL welcomes Qarabag in a first game from the third round of the Champions League qualifiers. Let’s examine this clash in the city of Levkosia in our Champions League predictions.
APOEL reached the third qualifying round after eliminating Montenegro’s champion Sutjeska. The Cypriots won the first game away from home with 1-0. In the second leg at home, they were even more impressive. APOEL crushed their opponents and achieved a 3-0 win at the Neo GSP. The big hero of the night was the Serbian striker Andrija Pavlovic, who scored a hattrick in Vladan Giljen’s net.
So far APOEL are keeping their rhythm only by playing in Europe, because Cyprus’ 1. Division is still about to begin. This is not the best possible option for the team, but so far they are doing pretty well in the Champions League.
Azerbaijan’s champion Qarabag reached the third qualifying round of the Champions League by eliminating Ireland’s Dundalk. The first game on Irish soil ended with a 1-1 draw, but in Baku Qarabag showed some muscle and achieved a dominating 3-0 win. The Spanish midfielder Jaime Romero scored a brace for the home side, while Ailton added one more for the win.
Just like in APOEL’s case, the new season in Azerbaijan is still about to begin. We can say that both clubs are still not in their best shape, but so far they are doing well in the Champions League. Both clubs also have an experience in the Champions League group stage. APOEL even reached the 1/4-finals once, which was an incredible achievement for them.
These are our Champions League predictions for the third round qualifier between APOEL and Qarabag on Tuesday. We find these two teams pretty even in terms of quality, but now the Cypriots will have the home ground advantage.