APOEL vs. Djurgarden Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 23, 2022 18:00 CET
Djurgarden beat APOEL by 3:0 last week and now they just need to finish the job in Nicosia and qualify for the Conference League group stage.
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Between 2007 and 2019, APOEL won ten titles in Cyprus and were arguably the best club in their country. During that period, they regularly participated in the Champions League and Europa League. In 2012 they even reached the Champions League quarterfinals, which is the greatest European success in club’s history. However, in the last few years they are in a big crisis.
APOEL didn’t qualify for European football last season and now it seems that they won’t play in a group stage for a third year in a row. In the first leg of the Conference League playoffs, APOEL were defeated 3:0 by Djurgarden and they will need a huge comeback to advance. A lot of players have been changed between two seasons and head coach Sofronis Avgousti still hasn’t put it together the way he wants.
It is certain that APOEL won’t give up without a fight and will do everything they can to achieve a good result in the second leg. They need a three-goal win for overtime. Various miracles have happened in European matches in the past, so APOEL will now need one such miracle to play in the Conference League group stage.
Djurgarden made a spectacular result in Europe this summer. If miracle doesn’t happen in Nicosia, this club will play in the group stage of a European competition for the first time in its history. In addition, they have a good chance to win the title in Allsvenskan and if they do, this will be the most successful season ever.
In the second and third round of the Conference League qualifying, Djurgarden eliminated Rijeka and Sepsi. In those two ties, they achieved four wins from four games played and they continued in the same rhythm against APOEL in the playoffs. Djurgarden defeated the Cypriot club by 3:0 in Sweden last week and now they just need to finish the job in Nicosia.
Djurgarden will probably opt for a defensive approach in this game. In such a setup, it is hard to imagine that APOEL can score two, let alone three goals against them. The worst thing that can happen to Djurgarden is that they concede a goal in the first 20 minutes of the match, because then nervousness could creep into their bodies.
These two clubs played against each other for the first time last week when Djurgarden beat APOEL by 3:0 in Sweden.
Giorgi Kvilitaia and Jose Crespo won’t play for APOEL, while Georgios Efrem is questionable. Rasmus Schuller is unavailable for Djurgarden due to suspension.
APOEL vs. Djurgarden Prediction
Considering the result from first leg and the fact that both teams are similar in terms of quality, a completely different outcome than last week is to be expected. APOEL will take more risks, while Djurgarden will play more defensively. In such a setup, it’s hard to believe that Swedish club will win again.
Date and Time: 23.08.2022 18:00 CET
Pick: APOEL +0 (AH)