Basel – APOEL : Preview & Prediction
FC Basel, one of the largest clubs in Switzerland, is used to major European events. The club which launched Mohamed Salah in 2012, notably participated in an 8th of LDC in 2012, a semi-final in 2013 and a quarter of Europa in 2014, and to finish two 8th of LDC in 2015 and 2018. A sacred experience garnered over the years for this club. This season, after being eliminated in the LDC qualifying round against the Austrians from Linzer ASK, FC Basel easily finished first in their group in the Europa League, just ahead of Getafe, the Spanish surprise.
APOEL Nicosia, the most successful club in the Cypriot championship, had managed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2012. After finishing in front of the Zenith, Porto and Chakhtar Donetsk, the APOEL Nicosia eliminated Olympique Lyonnais on penalties from their Cypriot audience. The next step was too high, the opponent being Real Madrid under Cristiano Ronaldo. Since then, the club has played one group phase in LDC and two in the Europa League, and has failed at the play-offs very regularly. This year, the Cypriot club finished second in its pool of Europa, just behind Seville. A very nice performance!
Basel lost only one of its 7 disputed matches in the Europa League (1-0 at Krasnodar).
Basel is in an off-peak period in the league but still remains second in the home ranking (7 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses) and has won its 3 Europa games at home easily (9 goals scored for a single conceded).
APOEL has won only one of its last 5 games (for 3 losses and 1 draw).
In its last 9 TTC away games, Nicosia has won only one.
A logical victory in the first leg (0-3) of FC Basel, who will confirm at home against his audience. Taking advantage of its experience, its public and its 3 goals in advance, FC Basel will ensure its qualification in the round of 16. FC Basel win the match!
Basel – APOEL : Betting Tips
Basel – Win Odds: 1.75
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70