APOEL hosts Astana in a match from the Europa League playoff phase
APOEL hosts Astana in a match from the Europa League playoff phase. Here are our vip soccer predictions today for the first leg in the city of Nikosia.
APOEL reached the playoffs of the competition with a win against the Israeli Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the previous round of the competition. The first match in Israel ended with a 2-2 draw, but in the second one APOEL celebrated a convincing 3-1 win. Anthony Nwakaeme from the Israeli team scored himself an own goal, while the Brazilian Lucas Souza scored twice for APOEL.
APOEL are winning in Europe, despite of lacking much of a match practice in official games. The football league in Cyprus have still not began, so it’s difficult for their teams to prepare for the European games. But clearly APOEL made a good preparation, because they did a terrific job so far.
The champion of Kazakhstan Astana entered Europa League after being eliminated from the Champions League qualifications. Astana suffered a defeat against Dinamo Zagreb, losing both games against the Croatian champion. We can say that Astana are having a tough time after their former manager Stanimir Stoilov left the club to manage the national team.
In their domestic league Astana are leading the standings after 22 rounds played. They have 54 points and three points advantage in front of Kairat. They have lost just two games since the beginning of the seasons. In their last match Astana missed to win, doing a 1-1 draw in the visit to Aktobe. Rangelo Janga gave Astana the lead, but Aleksandar Simcevic equalized for Aktobe after the break.
These are our vip soccer predictions today for the Europa League playoff between APOEL and Astana. Both teams want to enter the group stage of the tournament, but only one is going to do it.