Our football match prediction:
Over the years Atalanta have established themselves as a top-table side in Italian Serie A. The Orobici finished the 2016/2017 season in fourth position in the standings and, as a result, they represent Italy in the Europa League this term. Atalanta rolled over star-studded Premier League team Everton in their opener and they did well to grab one point from the Lyon game. A win over Apollon would see the Serie A team cement top position in Group E and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the Cypriotes in Thursday’s football match at MAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore. Apollon managed to hold Everton to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, but we do not believe that they are capable of claiming yet another major scalp in Group E. Atalanta are a real force to be reckoned with at home and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on the Orobici.
Highlighted Player (Berisha):
Etrir Berisha is an Albanian goalkeeper born on 10 March 1989 in Prishtina, and he has become an important player for the Albania national team over the years. After starting his youth career in his native country, Berisha joined Swedish side as a youngster and he quickly managed to prove his worth on senior level, making 90 league appearances and even scoring 3 goals from the penalty spot. The impressive displays in Swedish Allsvenskan earned him a lucrative move to Lazio in the summer of 2013, and he has since been vying with Federico Marchetti for a starting berth at Stadio Olimpico, making almost 40 league appearances during the first three years at the club. Berisha has also performed well for the Biancocelesti in Coppa Italia and Europa League, while helping Albania qualify for their first ever European Championship finals. The talented goalkeeper spent every minute on the pitch during team’s successful qualifying campaign, making sure his name will be written in the Albania national team history books.
Highlighted Team (Apollon):
Apollon are a Cypriot football club based in Limassol. The Kianolefki wear blue shirts and dark blue shorts when playing at home ground and they welcome their rivals at Tsirion Stadium. The venue can hold up to 13.331 spectators and it was opened in 1975. Apollon Limassol won their first domestic trophy in the 1990/1991 season, with the team finishing the campaign three points clear of second-placed Anorthosis Famagusta. The Kianolefki won their second Cypriot First Division trophy three years later (1993/1994) and they had to wait 12 years before they clinched their third and last domestic title (2005/2006). Speaking of the Cypriot Cup, Apollon Limassol won their ninth trophy in the competition in 2017, with the team beating APOEL in the title game. The club was founded back in April 14, 1954 and it has to be noted that they suffered a loss in each of their eight games in their debut season in the second division.