Zeljeznicar vs Apollon
Željezničar Sarajevo against Apollon. This game caught my attention due to offered odds. I just can't agree the home team should be such underdog here, if they should be underdogs at all. I am more closer to believe the Bosnian team should be slight favorite in this first leg.
That being said, I will gladly take these 2.00+ odds on Željezničar in the Draw No Bet option. So, I strongly believe they won't lose while hopefully they will also make some advantage, at least minimal, before second road leg.
Team from Sarajevo started the new season very good. They have eliminated with both victories opponent from Estonia. Though, it was much easier opponent than this one today. Željezničar also started Bosnian league with road win.
Apollon who BTW was in group stage season ago, also had easy opponent (from Lithuania) but they barely qualified. After 1:0 road loss, they have won 2:0 at home. Seems like all teams from Cyprus are yet to find their best form. Just look on the big upset where their best team, APOEL has been eliminated from Suduva.
Apollon as all teams from Cyprus is full of foreign players. In previous round we saw only 3 of 11 who are not foreign players. But maybe that was exactly the problem cause they have quite a lot new faces and usually in such situations a little bit more time is needed to everything fit well. I hope Željezničar could use this fact to make good result at home.
I like the fact that head coach of home team, Slobodan Krčmarević knows perfectly Cypriot football. As a matter fact he was a player as well a head coach exactly in Apollon.
Just small note about new players in the Apollon squad. In previous round we didn't see them all playing. Probably it has to do with mentioned fact there is time needed to they all fit in the new team. In the meantime two more guys arrived, one Brazilian and one Argentinean player (William and Pereyra) but as mentioned, I doubt we will see them today.
In any case, Apollon without doubt would look way strong for Željezničar if this is meeting somewhere later in the season, but at this point and in Sarajevo, I think Bosnian team hold decent chance for success, much better chance than the odds suggesting.
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Zeljeznicar vs Apollon prediction
|Željezničar AH (0)||Pinnacle||2.07||8||1-2 LOST (-8 units)|