Sevilla vs Apoel Nicosia Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Sevilla vs Apoel Nicosia Europa League
Sevilla vs Apoel Nicosia Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 1-0.

Perennial Europa League kings Sevilla face off against the Cypriot club as they bid to win yet another Europa League trophy and look to establish themselves as a force in the second coming and new era of Sporting Director Monchi.

 

Predictions

Most people will likely side with the home team on this occasion and for good reason, it may be worth looking at a large Sevilla win for this game.

Sevilla won their group opener against Qarabag in Azerbaijan 3-0 and made it look rather routine, something APOEL may need to be wary of.

As for Nicosia, they failed to beat Dudelange in a thrilling 4-3 defeat in what showed that while they can score goals, they also have a poor and leaky defence against any kind of meaningful attack.

Sevilla’s La Liga campaign started quite well, going unbeaten in the opening four games, but lost against Real Madrid and Eibar in their two most recent fixtures.

APOEL fell out of the Champions League qualifying stages after losing to Ajax in the 3rd round, but did manage to beat Europa League group opponents Qarabag in their 2nd round game.

Sevilla will be strong favourites for this game so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that they won’t have amazing odds for a standard win, but go with a 4-1 Sevilla win because it not only bumps up the odds but gives you a realistic bet and score to side with.

Betting Tips

Sevilla are favourites for this game, so a in for them shouldn’t be a huge deal but to go with a 4-1 win gives you good odds and is also rather realistic. This is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action – 888sport have it as 15/1 and you probably won’t find a better bunch of odds for such a big score line in the Europa League.

The beauty of this bet is that it doesn’t involve any score lines and it doesn’t involve any timings of the goals. Could Sevilla score four or more goals? Absolutely, but given what we saw from Nicosia in their game against Dudelange, they have the ability to score too, albeit probably not very many against this level of opposition. It’s a good bet that is not only realistic but also very lucrative and it’s rated at 43/20 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

This will be the first meeting of the two sides in any form of competitive fixture and it will also be the first time that Sevilla will face a team from Cyprus, while it’ll be the 19th match for APOEL against Spanish opposition.

Stats

  • APOEL have played 18 times against Spanish opposition, winning once, drawing five times and losing on 12 occasions.
  • Sevilla have won 17 out of their last 18 games against non-Spanish opposition at home in the Europa League, drawing just once against Slavia in last season’s competition.
  • APOEL’s only win against Spanish opposition was in 2016/2017 when they beat Bilbao 2-0 at home. The’ve only ever not lost in Spain on one occasion, against Atletico Madrid in the 2009/2010 Champions League when they drew 0-0.
  • Throughout their illustrious time in the Europa League, Sevilla have never failed to not reach the Round of 32 stage of the competition, but have only ever won their group on two separate occasions.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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