Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Sutjeska will be looking to claim yet another major scalp in the Champions League qualifiers when they take on APOEL in the two-legged tie in round 2. Against all odds, the Montenegro champions eliminated Slovan Bratislava in the 1st qualifying round, but it has to be noted that Nikola Rakojevic’s troops were more than fortunate to beat the Slovakia champions in the double-header.
The hosts are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the first leg and seeing that APOEL have been struggling in pre-season, we predict that Nikola Rakojevic’s men are going to grab something from Tuesday’s football match. The Cypriotes, who suffered an embarrassing defeat to Suduva in the Champions League qualifiers last term, are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Stadion Kraj Bistrice clash.
Highlighted Player (Vid Belec):
Vid Belec is a 192-cm-tall goalkeeper, who was born in Maribor, Slovenia on June 6, 1990. Belec played for his home-town club Maribor at youth level and in 2007 he joined Italian side Internazionale.
However, the Slovenian shot-stopper did not see any game action in the Serie A during his spell at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Crotone, Olhanense and Konyaspor on loan before joining Carpi in 2015. After making 56 appearances for the Biancorossi in the league, Vid Belec moved to Benevento in July, 2017, signing a three-year deal with the Serie A team.
Belec made his debut for Slovenia national football team on June 7, 2014 in a 2-0 loss to Argentina. The Slovenian goalkeeper managed to keep 13 clean sheets for Benevento in the 2016/2017 Serie B campaign and, no doubt, he helped the club secure promotion to the Italian top flight.
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.