Maccabi Haifa vs. Apollon Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 03, 2022 19:00 CET
After they sensationally eliminated Olympiacos, Maccabi Haifa will now try to do the same against Apollon.
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After ten years of mediocre football, Maccabi Haifa returned to the very top in their country. They won two consecutive titles in Israel and now they are on way to achieve a remarkable result in Europe. In the second qualifying round of the Champions League, Maccabi Haifa sensationally eliminated Olympiacos with a 4:0 win in Piraeus. On that way, they secured their place in the group stage of one of three European competitions.
The most deserving man for Maccabi Haifa’s great results is head coach Barak Bakhar. Although he is only 42 years old, he already won five titles as a coach in Israel. His teams play modern football with a lot of transition. During last two months, Maccabi Haifa signed few players. For striker Frantzdy Pierrot they paid 1.6 million euros to Guingamp.
Maccabi Haifa will be favorites against Apollon, especially after a convincing win against Olympiacos. The Cypriot champion will be a very difficult opponent. Maccabi Haifa won’t have space for counter attacks like in the previous round against Olympiacos and they will have to use every chance they get to score.
For the fourth time in history and first time after 16 years, Apollon won domestic title last season. Thanks to excellent results of Cypriot clubs in Europe in previous five years, Apollon will surely play European football until December. It remains only to be seen in which competition.
During this summer, Apollon strengthened their squad in order to be competitve in European matches. Several players were brought in including Mathieu Peybernes, Euclides Cabral, El-Hadji Ba and Rangelo Janga. Head coach Alexander Zorniger had good results in Brondby in the past and now he has confirmed how good coach is he.
Apollon will enter this clash without too much pressure. They are aware that Maccabi Haifa is favorite to win this tie, but they will be waiting for their chance. Coach Zorniger will certainly allow Maccabi Haifa to have more possession and they are going mainly to threaten from counterattack. Apollon have been unlucky in Europe in the last few years and they hope that will change now.
Maccabi Haifa and Apollon never played against each other in the past.
Ben Sahar and Raz Meir won’t play for Maccabi Haifa due to injuries. Giorgos Malekkidis and Ilian Iliev are unavailable for Apollon.
Maccabi Haifa vs. Apollon Prediction
Apollon will be a much different opponent for Maccabi Haifa than Olympiacos. The Cypriots will play defensively and won’t leave much space for Maccabi. We should expect a game with very few goals and it’s not impossible that score be 0:0. Asian Handicap +1 on Apollon means that the bet will be void if Maccabi Haifa wins by exactly one goal.
Date and Time: 03.08.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: Apollon +1 (AH)