Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Buoyed by a 3-2 win over Kalmar, Djurgarden will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Apollon to their Tele2 Arena in the Conference League playoffs, first leg. The Swedish outfit recorded routine back-to-back wins over Sepsi in the third qualifying round, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday’s clash.
Norway winger Gustav Wikheim, who scored a brace in the last league match, is pushing for a start, while all Finndell, Kack, Schuller, and Bengtsson are out of contention with injuries. The Cypriotes, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Djurgarden by beating Kyzylzhar of Kazakhstan in the double-header, but Djurgarden will pose a much bigger threat for the visiting team than their previous rivals. Even though there are no fresh injury worries in the away side, home win should be considered as Apollon often struggle on the travels.
Highlighted Player (Emilio Nsue):
Emilio Nsue is a pacey winger who was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on September 30, 1989. After starting his youth career at Atletico Baleares, he moved to Mallorca football academy in 2004 and he continued playing for los Bermellones at senior level.
Nsue scored 13 goals in 142 appearances for the club and you should know that he played for the likes of Castellon and Real Sociedad on loan from 2008 to 2010. In the summer of 2014 he moved to England, signing a three-year deal with Middlesbrough as a free agent. Emilio Nsue made his debut for the Boro on August 9 in a 2-0 win over Birmingham City at Riverside Stadium.
After making 70 appearances in the league for Middlesbrough, he joined Birmingham City on January 18, 2017 on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Despite being born in Spain, Nsue represents Equatorial Guinea national football team on the international stage. Nsue made his debut for Equatorial Guinea on March 21, 2013 in an unofficial friendly game against Benin.
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.