Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
After proving their worth in the double-header against Vojvodina, APOEL will look to book their place in the Conference League final qualifying round when they take on Dila Gori in the two-legged tie. The Cypriotes have yet to kick off the new domestic campaign, but the team seem to be well balanced and ready for the toughest European challenges. Experienced midfielder Georgios Efrem is pushing for a start after sealing the victory against Vosa, while defender Jose Crespo is one yellow card away from suspension.
The Georgians, on the other hand, did well to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against Vorskla Poltava, but they face an uphill task against APOEL. Since the first leg will be played on a neutral location, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. As for the home team, forward Mykola Kovtalyuk should be cautious as he has already picked up two yellow cards in the Conference League qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (APOEL):
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.