AEL Limassol vs Gladbach by Neuro
AEL Limassol managed to get the Europa League group stage after losing out at the play off qualification round in Champions League to Anderlecht. The Cypriots were highly competitive during the whole qualifying stage, firstly winning over Linfield 3:0 on aggregate, than defeating slight favorites Partizan Belgrade 2:0, but finally losing out to the Belgium side with a 2:3 aggregate result.
The Cypriots played much better at home in all three matches in Champions League winning even against Anderlecht 2:1, but they went down in last minutes of the second leg match in Brussels. Having in mind these facts, they surely know that their chances lies with home matches here. While they surely can relax and enjoy their matches at Europa League as they fulfilled their targets in Europe, the continued with good performances in domestic league with two 3:1 victories, over Alki and Doxa. Hosts will be without central defender Carlitos who is injured.
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Monchengladbach had similar destiny in the Champions League this summer, as they were also beaten in the play-off round - to Dynamo Kiev. They went down in the first leg at home to Ukrainians 1:3 and much better performance away in Kiev didn't help them a lot, winning the second leg 2:1.
Just as in the Champions League, the German side didn't start their Bundesliga very well either. After the first round win over Hoffenheim 2:1, they made a goalless draw away to Fortuna Dusseldorf, finally losing out at home last weekend to Nurnberg 2:3. Their defense made many mistakes in the last game and although they were much better opponent for the ninety minutes, creating much more chances and holding the ball more - they didn't manage to claim the victory due to serious mistakes in the defense. Juan Arango, Luuk de Jong a captain Filip Daems didn't travel for this game, in order to be rested for next Bundesliga clashes.
Cypriots will surely try to do something in this match, as they have nothing to lose anymore. The Germans are announcing that they will be taking very seriously this competition and surely the squad that traveled to Cyprus will try to give their best. Open game is expected here, the Cypriots will surely not be defending and will have lots of chances considering German defense, while the Germans are surely more quality opponent and should also score a goal here - the odds are tasty.
Bet: Over 2 goals @1.79 with Pinnacle Sports