I was sincerely suprised when first game between this teams ended 0-0. Ok, TNS was a host, their main target was not to recive a goal and they managed to do that, Apoel traveled long way to Wales and there were also some other circumstances for this outcame, Apoel was attacking during almost the whole game, they had greater ball possession, made lots of chances (17) but had only two shots on target. Maybe they understood this game as a practice or underestimated their rival. Now the situation is completely reversed. TNS has to travel to the other side of Europe to play in front of Apoel's ardent fans in a completely different atmosphere. Of corse Apoel is favorite in this revanche game, no doubt about it, but victory with minimum score will not satisfy both them nor their fans. I' sure about it. What I expect from this game is TNS's "bunker play" from first minute and completely attacking football by Apoel, so if they score an early goal there will not be anything for TNS to deffend any more, they will have to open and try to make score even (actually to play their attacking slyle of football-like they play in Welsh league every season) and in situation like that we could only expect more goals from Apoel (probably from counter-attacks). This script is quite possible, in any case Apoel is much better and sirious team than TNS, they have many quality players and they all will be available for this game.
APOEL vs TNS betting prediction
APOEL will be looking to book their place in the Champions League third qualifying round with a win over The New Saints of Wales at Neo GSP stadium in Nicosia.
APOEL missed a number of clear-cut chances to score in a goalless draw with The New Saints in the Champions League second qualifying round, first leg, but they certainly proved their worth in the Park Hall Stadium clash. APOEL now need to record a win over TNS in the return leg if they are to book their place in the next qualifying round of the elite competition and, no doubt, the hosts are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s match against the Welsh champions. Coach Thomas Christiansen has a number of high-profile players to choose from and there is every chance the Cypriot outfit are going to record a routine win over TNS in the second leg. APOEL had 17 goal attempts in the goalless draw with TNS and the ball possession was on their side as well (61-39%). Taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon.
Midfielder Efrem is one yellow card away from suspension. Andrea Orlandi is pushing for a start after he came as a substitute in the goalless draw with TNS.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Waterman – Milanov, Carlao, Astiz, Morais – Efrem, Vinicius – De Vincenti, Alexandrou, Vander – Soteriou.
TNS faced no difficulties in the two-legged tie against Tre Penne, but they are regarded as big underdogs in the two-legged tie against
APOEL. However, they did well to hold the Cypriotes to a goalless draw in the first leg, meaning that they have slim chances of qualifying for the next round. TNS have no other choice but to stick to their defensive style of play in the return leg, but preventing APOEL footballers from scoring at Neo GSP stadium is easier said than done. The Welsh champions face an uphill task in the return leg and I do not believe that they are capable of making a miracle in Cyprus. You should have in mind that TNS suffered six defeats in previous nine away games in the Champions League. In most of those losses the Welsh side failed to find the net and I would not be surprised if they fail to score against APOEL on Tuesday evening.
Midfielder Edwards was forced to leave the field in the first half of the match in Wales and he is likely to miss the return leg. Coach Harrison has no other selection worries ahead of the match.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Harrison – Baker, Marriott, Rawlinson, Pryce – Seargeant, Routledge – Mullan, Brobbel, Cieslewicz – Quigley.
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