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OFI Crete vs Apollon Limassol Prediction

OFI Crete

September 17

18:00

0 : 1
Apollon Limassol

OFI Crete

Apollon Limassol

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Greek side OFI Crete have a tricky home clash to kick off their Europa League qualifying exertions, against a motivated Apollon Limassol on Thursday evening. After a 1-1 draw with Panetolikos, Georgios Simos' men remain winless in their last 14 matches (including friendlies) – dating back to pre-pandemic, in March.

By contrast, Apollon are unbeaten in four matches with three successive victories and returned to action full of purpose.

They were 5-1 winners against Saburtalo Tbilisi in this competition's first round of qualifying last month and will back themselves to prevail here too. Read my match preview, for the correct score predictions and best betting tips ahead of this fixture.

OFI Crete vs Apollon Limassol Betting Tips

Bagaliy Dabo netted a hat-trick in the aforementioned thrashing against Tbilisi, as Apollon Limassol overwhelmed their Georgian opposition. Up next is an away trip to Greece for a side that were seven points adrift of Champions League qualification when play was suspended, then cancelled, as a result of COVID-19.

With proven threats like Dabo, Nicolas Diguiny and Florentin Matei in their ranks, they'll fancy their chances against a Crete side who've struggled since returning to action.

They needed a second-half equaliser from substitute Juan Angel Neira to avoid a whopping eight-match losing streak (including friendlies). It's likely the Argentine midfielder will be rewarded for his efforts with a start here, in an important game here.

The aforementioned form can go out of the window in one-off fixtures like these, where it's a test of who is better over 90 minutes – or more – rather than judging quality on paper.

It's why Crete, with home comforts, will be bullish about their chances of winning. Limassol are a high-scoring team and Crete have only kept one clean sheet (Panathinaikos, June 27) since play resumed.

OFI Crete vs Apollon Limassol Correct Score Predictions

Crete will back themselves to banish their recent woes and respond accordingly by playing better as a collective unit against Apollon. After a drastic jump from 13th (2018-19) to 6th last term, I'm skeptical they can actually match their visitors so am predicting a Limassol win.

Last matches

OFI Crete

17-09-2020

0 - 1

L
12-09-2020

1 - 1 Panaitolikos

D
29-08-2020

1 - 0 Atromitos

L
26-08-2020

1 - 0 Panathinaikos

L
19-07-2020

3 - 2 Panathinaikos

L
15-07-2020

1 - 3 Olympiakos Piraeus

L
11-07-2020

0 - 1

L
08-07-2020

2 - 0 AEK Athens

L
04-07-2020

2 - 2 PAOK

D
01-07-2020

2 - 1 Olympiakos Piraeus

L
OFI Crete
vs
Apollon Limassol
Predicted Lineup
OFI Crete vs Apollon Limassol Predicted Lineup

Waterman

Marinakis

Vouros

Giannoulis

Korovesis

Neira

Staikos

Nabi

Sardinero

Figueiredo

Vaz

Mall

Pittas

Yuste

Roberge

Szalai

Denic

Sachetti

Matei

Gianniotas

Dabo

Diguiny

Latest results
Total
Home
Away

0-1 vs (H)

L

1-1 vs Panaitolikos (H)

D

0-1 vs Atromitos (A)

L

0-1 vs Panathinaikos (A)

L

2-3 vs Panathinaikos (A)

L

1-3 vs Olympiakos Piraeus (H)

L

0-1 vs (H)

L

0-2 vs AEK Athens (A)

L

2-2 vs PAOK (H)

D

1-2 vs Olympiakos Piraeus (A)

L

7

Goals Scored

0

4

Over 2.5 Goals

0

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

0-1 vs (H)

L

1-1 vs Panaitolikos (H)

D

1-3 vs Olympiakos Piraeus (H)

L

0-1 vs (H)

L

2-2 vs PAOK (H)

D

4

Goals Scored

0

2

Over 2.5 Goals

0

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

0-1 vs Atromitos (A)

L

0-1 vs Panathinaikos (A)

L

2-3 vs Panathinaikos (A)

L

0-2 vs AEK Athens (A)

L

1-2 vs Olympiakos Piraeus (A)

L

3

Goals Scored

0

2

Over 2.5 Goals

0

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

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