FC Basel v APOEL Nicosia Prediction
The first leg aside, FC Basel have been struggling in recent weeks. They have lost three of the four Swiss Super League fixtures they have played since the New Year. They’ll be hoping for a turnaround. APOEL didn’t enter the first leg match in the best of form either. Their poor run of results only continued against the Swiss side.
FC Basel v APOEL Nicosia Recent Matchups
FC The first leg was the first meeting between the two clubs in any capacity. It was about as one-sided as they come with FC Basel taking advantage of some woeful APOEL defending to secure a 3-0 win in Cyprus. Raoul Petretta, Valentin Stocker, and Arthur Cabral all grabbed one each.
Basel v APOEL Nicosia Stats & Analysis
APOEL Nicosia’s hopes of an easy match in Switzerland will be extinguished with a quick look at FC Basel’s home record in this competition. The Swiss side has been truly dominant in front of their own fans in Europe over the last few years. They’ve lost just two of their last 20 matches at home in the Europa League.
It’s an impressive run for any team but even more so considering some of the club’s they’ve beaten. FC Basel have been the likes of Valencia, Zenit St Petersburg, and even beat Tottenham Hotspur on penalties in a knockout match back in 2013. FC Basel are also good at keeping their opponents out. They kept an impressive 12 clean sheets during that 20-match run and even when they did concede, it was kept to a minimum.
Looking at APOEL’s away record in this competition will hardly fill anyone with hope for them. They’ve won just two of their last 19 away matches in the Europa League and one of those was against Dudelange FC from Luxembourg. It wouldn’t look good for them in this tie if they were entering it at 0-0.
But there is some hope for APOEL Nicosia. FC Basel took a similar first-leg 3-0 lead against Valencia in the Europa League back in 2014. Unfortunately for them, the Swiss side lost the second leg 5-0 after extra time and were knocked out as a result.
FC Basel v APOEL Nicosia Bets
Anyone who has seen the respective home and away form in this competition or even the first leg itself could predict the odds here. FC Basel are the clear favourites to win this match in 90 minutes at 4/5 with the bookies. APOEL Nicosia are 9/3 to do what they’ve managed to accomplish just twice in their last 19 away Europa League fixtures and win. You’ll get 11/4 for a draw in this one.
For the bookies, it’s just about how many goals FC Basel can get in this match. The home side to win over 90 minutes with a European handicap of 0-2 is 13/2 if you fancy them to repeat the first leg. Or, back a home win over 90 minutes with a handicap of 0-3 at 20/1.
There has been no shortage of goals in the last few European matches at St. Jakob-Park, for either side. There has been an average of 3.75 goals per game in the last four Europa League matches FC Basel have played in front of their own fans. You’ll get odds of 6/5 for there to be over 2.5 goals in the game and 15/2 for over 4.5 goals in the 90 minutes.
It would be a real fairy tale for APOEL to come out on top in this match and progress to the next stage. They need a 3-0 win to take this match to extra time and you’ll get odds of 119/1 for them to do just that. If you fancy something even crazier to happen then a 4-0 APOEL win in 90 minutes is 299/1.