Our football match prediction:
APOEL failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers earlier this season, but they have been producing fine displays in the Europa League. The Cypriotes clinched top position in Group B, with the team leaving Olympiakos four points behind them in the standings and, to make things even better for the fans, they managed to upset Athletic Bilbao in the last 32. APOEL are high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match against Anderlecht and it remains to be seen if they will extend their winning run at home to five games. The Belgians were more than fortunate to eliminate Zenit in previous round and considering that they often struggle on the travels, we predict that Thomas Christiansen’s team will emerge triumphant in the first leg. Pieros Soteriou has been scoring goals for fun this season and he will be the man to watch in the home team.
Highlighted Player (Kostakis Artymatas):
Kostakis Artymatas is a Cypriot international who plays for APOEL. Artymatas joined Enosis Neon Paralimni at the age of eight and after spending eight years at the club, he moved to England in 2009. The Cypriot footballer spent three years at the City Ground and in 2012 he returned to Enosis. After making 18 league appearances for the club in the 2012/2013 season, he signed a deal with fellow Cypriot club APOEL on 14 June, 2013. He made his APOEL debut on 11 November, 2013 against Alki Larnaca, coming from the bench ten minutes before the end. Kostakis Artymatas is a defensive midfielder who plays as a centre back as well and he was born on 15 April, 1993 in Paralimni. The APOEL footballer has seven caps for Cyprus U21 team and he made his debut for the first team on 12 October, 2012 against Slovenia. Kostakis Artymatas has a contract with APOEL, which expires on 31 May, 2017. He is a right-footed player.
Highlighted Team (Anderlecht):
Founded on 27 May, 1908, Anderlecht are considered one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Paars-wit are the dominant force in the Belgian Pro League and in 2014 they won their 33rd domestic trophy. Anderlecht did remarkably well to win the UEFA Super Cup title in 1983, with the team defeating Benfica in the final of the competition. The Belgian outfit recorded a 1-0 over the Eagles in the first leg, with the two teams playing out a 1-1 draw in the return leg. Anderlecht play their home games at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1917. The stadium was renovated in 1983 and current capacity of Anderlecht’s home ground is 28 063. The Paars-wit have long-standing rivalries with the likes of Standard Liege and Club Brugge, whilst FC Brussels were considered the club’s bitter opponents in the past. The likes of Besnik Hasi, Lucas Biglia, Filip De Wilde and Romelu Lukaku are some of Anderlecht’s notable players.