Our football match prediction:
Borussia Dortmund failed to turn their dominance into more than one goal in a 1-1 draw with APOEL in Nicosia and, as a result, they face a must-win situation in Wednesday’s football match against the Cypriot champions. The Millionaires are eyeing their first win of the process and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at APOEL when the two teams face each other at Signal-Iduna-Park. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to score in the 1-1 draw with APOEL at Neo GSP, but he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders this time out. Giorgios Dionis’ men were more than fortunate to share the spoils with Borussia Dortmund in Cyrpus, but we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Millionaires’ party at Signal-Iduna-Park. It has to be noted that APOEL failed to score in previous three away games in the elite competition and we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang):
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the most famous Gabonese player and he is the first footballer from Gabon to appear in Bundesliga. Aubameyang played for the likes of Dijon, Lille, Monaco and St. Etienne in the past before joining Borussia Dortmund on July, 2013. The pacey attacker signed a five-year contract with the Millionaires and he has been producing outstanding performances with the Signal-Iduna-Park outfit ever since. Aubameyang impressed in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, scoring 25 goals in 31 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, but that did not help Thomas Tuchel’s men win the domestic trophy. Speaking of his international career, the 187-cm-tall striker made his Gabon debut on 25 March, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the national team in a 3-2 win over Morocco. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Gabon make it to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. It has to be noted, though, that he played for France U-21 team in the past. Aubameyang was born in Laval, France on 18 June, 1989.
Highlighted Team (APOEL Nicosia):
APOEL are a Cypriot football club based in Nicosia. The Thrylos were founded on 8 November, 1926 and they won their first league trophy in 1932, defeating AEL Limassol 4-0 in the final. Over the years APOEL have established themselves as one of the best teams in Cyprus and they won their 25th domestic trophy in 2016. The Thrylos participated in the 2014/2015 Champions League group stages, but they failed to make life difficult for the likes of PSG, Ajax and Barcelona, picking up no more than one point from possible 18. APOEL share a great rivalry with Omonia and the meeting between two teams is well known as the Nicosia derby. A number of foreign footballers played for APOEL and it has to be noted that the likes of Daniel Florea, Dudu Biton, Marcos Tavares, Paul Okon, Dragisa Binic, Nenad Milosavljevic, Paulo Costa, Tiago Gomes, Alexandros Tziolis and Fernando Cavenaghi were all part of the team in the past. The colour of APOEL’s home kits is yellow. v