Our prediction for this Europa League match:
APOEL and F91 Dudelange face each other at Neo GSP in their Group A opener. Despite producing fine displays in the Champions League qualifiers, APOEL eventually failed to eliminate star-studded Dutch side Ajax in the two-legged tie. Anyhow, those performances are giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of F91 Dudelange and seeing that the Cypriotes are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts.
The Luxembourg outfit take part in the Europa League group stages for the second consecutive season, but seeing that they produce much better displays at home than on the travels, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind that F91 Dudelange suffered four defeats in previous six away games in the Europa League.
Highlighted Player (Georgios Efrem):
Born in Limassol, Cyprus on 5 July, 1989 Georgios Efrem played for his hometown club Apollon Limassol during his youth career, but in 2004 he joined Premier League club Arsenal at the age of 15. In 2007 he moved to Rangers, but he didn’t see any game action with the Gers at senior level.
The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well, returned to Cyprus in 2009, signing a deal with Omonia. After scoring 25 goals in 134 league appearances for the club, the 171-cm-tall footballer joined fellow Cypriot outfit APOEL on 6 June, 2014. Efrem made his debut for the club against Helsinki on 30 July, 2014 in the Europa League qualifying match.
It has to be noted that he was named the best player of the 2015/2016 Cypriot First Division campaign. The APOEL winger made his Cyprus debut on 3 March, 2010 in a goalless draw with Iceland. Four years later he scored his first ever hat-trick for the Cypriot national team in a 5-0 triumph over Andorra.
Highlighted Team (Dudelange):
F91 Dudelange are the most famous Luxembourg club. Dudelange play their home games at Stade Jos Nosbaum stadium, which can hold no more than 2,558 spectators. Dudelange clinched their 14th trophy in the national championship in the 2017/2018 season, with the team finishing the campaign five points clear of Progres Niederkorn.
As a result, the Luxembourg champions booked their place in the Champions League qualifiers, but they failed to make it to the group stages of the elite competition as they were beaten by MOL Vidi of Hungaria in the two-legged tie. However, F91 Dudelange were producing thrilling displays in the Europa League qualifiers and, as a result, they make it to the group stages of the competition where they will face the likes of Milan, Real Betis and Olympiakos Piraeus.
The Luxembourg side wear sky blue and black shirts and black shorts when playing at home, whilst they away colours are yellow and black.