Today at 20:00 APOEL Nicosia will play at home to Zulte Waregem in the second leg of the Europa League playoffs.
APEOL Nicosia Cyprus managed to win the Super Cup 2-0 to Apollon, but not yet started the new season 2013/2014. The host team of this meeting was eliminated from the Champions League Maribor in the third qualifying round. First APEOL team drew 1-1 with Slovenia at home then away we had a goalless draw, APOEL take such “failed” in Europa League without losing any match in the Champions League. APOEL has clearly greater experience than his opponent in the race, is often present in Europe in recent years.
Zulte Waregem was the revelation last Jupiler League Championship finishing second. Now Zulte has not been beaten in the championship, recording three wins and two draws. Waregem played the weekend at Ostend, a newly promoted team, and the match was ended in a draw 0-0. Like their opponents this meeting, Zulte Waregem was eliminated in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League by PSV Eindhoven after two failures, 0-2 and 0-3. In the last four games of Zulte Waregem played have scored exactly two goals. The striker Mbaye Leyo will miss this meeting being injured.
The tour we witnessed a 1-1 draw and now APOEL can qualify and avail of 0-0.
Malanda opened the scoring in the first half and equalized for APOEL Alexandrou 88 minutes, just when the hosts were preparing to celebrate the victory.
APOEL will most likely close to the game and will leave more space in defense. Zulte Waregem is a very offensive team, but can not risk the very first minute. Belgian team must score to qualify, and this will matter a lot. After a balanced match on tour, I expect a new game or even identical with a maximum scored. It counts a lot, and that match will be played at a high enough temperature.