OFI Crete – Apollon : Preview & Prediction
OFI and Apollon face at Stadio Thódoros Vardinoyánnis, in a match for the UEFA Europa League (2nd Qualifying Round). These two teams have never played before, so this will be their first direct encounter. The home advantage may play an important role in this match, since both teams present significant differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
Analysis of OFI
The home team makes its debut in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of achieving a positive result, taking advantage of the home advantage. This is a stronger team when playing at their stadium, as in the last 30 games they have recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 13 losses as a visitor; against 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses at their stadium. The team arrives at this match after a home draw against Panaitolikos by (1‑1). OFI won 2, drew 4 and lost 4 of their last 10 home matches for all competitions. The team has not been very strong defensively, as they have always conceded goals in the last 10 games.
The OFI Creta team comes to this game with an equalizer, in 1×1, against Panaitolikos, in a game counting for the first round of the Greek Championship: Juan Neira scored the only goal of the team. Usually the coach Georgios Simos plays in 4-2-3-1 favoring the maintenance of the ball possession and the attacks by the runners, however, in some moments of the game they only act in the counterattack: Adrián Sardinero is a very fast and expert player transporting the ball to the attack. Out of this game are Ricardo Vaz and Tsilianidis, both with physical problems.
Analysis of Apollon
The away team comes to this stage of the UEFA Europa League (2nd Qualifying Round) after a home win by (5‑1) with Saburtalo. This is a stronger team when playing at their stadium, as in the last 30 games they have recorded 7 wins and 8 losses as a visitor; against 13 wins and 2 draws at their stadium. The team arrives in this match after a home win against Pafos by (1‑0). In the last 10 away matches in all competitions, Apollon won 4 and lost 6. Their attack has scored regularly, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games.
Apollon Limassol comes motivated for this match after a 1-0 win against Pafos, in a match counting for the Championship of Cyprus. In the last round of the Europa League the Cypriot club beat Saburtalo 5-1. In this match against OFI Creta, coach Sofronis Avgousti is expected to play in 4-3-2-1 favoring defensive organization and quick flanking transitions: Dabo is a very strong player in carrying the ball to the attack. For this match the visiting coach cannot count on Joel Mall due to physical problems.
OFI Crete – Apollon : Betting Tips
OFI Crete – Win Odds: 2.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70