Apollon Limassol vs Zurich by Nvieira
I know everyone is saying Cyprus teams are weak and that is probably the reason behind Appolon being an underdog here. But look at what APOEL did yesterday in barcelona (0-1), a narrow defeat and a difficult games for the spanish side. Cyprus football has been investing heavily in the last few years in football, and some quite pretty good players have been showing their talent there.
Apppollon started the championship in a bad way (2-5 home), but they had already their minds in the qualifier for the europa league a few days later - they simply were amazing and won (4-1) eliminating Lokomotiv Moskow from the competition. If you look at this group (With Villareal and Borusia M'gladbach), if Appolon or Zurich want to have a chance of going through they have to win two games against each other and try to upset any of favourite teams - so a draw in this match won't be good for any of the teams. In my opinion it will be an open game and that is how Appolon feels better, they are quite strong playing counter attack, they have pace and good players on the wingers to do some damage.
Zurich has been a quite good team internally (they won 6 games out of 8), and they are generally quite efficient. They had an easy round in europa league against Tranava, and they qualified, but the biggest problem they will be facing today in Cyprus is that they will have to assume the game and be exposes to the home team fast counter attacks. Swiss championship isn't that competitive and to be Honest I believe here is more quality in cyprus league.
For me Zurich isn't that better then Appolon tonight, they will have to face a very difficult environment, and also will have to assume the game - on the other hand Appolon will play the way they want, trying to defend solid and put fast plays using their pace.
I believe with the odds for the home win are exaggerated and I am taking those.
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