Apoel Nicosia vs Borussia Dortmund Match Preview
Borussia Dortmund travel to the east to the nation of Cyprus to play Apoel Nicosia in their third match of group H of the UEFA Champions League this Tuesday. Both the teams have lost both of their previous group stage matches and would like to get their first points this season in the Champions League.
Date: 17th October
Venue: GSP Stadium, Strovolos
Timings: 12:15AM[Wednesday](IST), 7:45PM(UK Time), 8:45PM(CET), 9:45PM(Local Time)
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Apoel Nicosia: Apoel Nicosia had a tough start to their Champions League campaign. In their first match this season, they went on to lose 3:0 against an unstoppable Real Madrid side and in the second matchday they lost at home against English side Tottenham Hotspur. Both the matches ended in a disappointing 3:0.
In 2012 Apoel made history as they became the first Cypriot side to reach the Champions League Quarter-Finals. Unfortunately, their journey ended there as they went on to lose against Real Madrid 8:2 on aggregate. It is almost impossible for Apoel to get a spot into the round of 16 in such a tough group but you never know. Apoel probably would be eyeing for the 3rd position to get a spot in the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League and for that they will try to give their best against Borussia Dortmund. But the Cypriot side has lost their last 6 matches against German opposition, so that remains an issue.
Currently 4th in the Cypriot top flight, Giorgos Donis’ side won their last match against Doxa Katokopias which ended 2:0. Goals came from Mickael Pote and de Camargo. Apoel will be without their winger Georgios Efrem, otherwise there are no more injury concerns for the club.
Predicted 11: Waterman, Vouros, Rueda, Carlao, Lago, Vinicius, Morais (c), Zahid, Sallai, Aloneftis, De Camargo
Borussia Dortmund: Borussia Dortmund did not have the start to the Champions League campaign as they expected. Die Borussen lost their first 2 matches against Tottenham Hotspurs and Real Madrid which both ended 3:1. They did not have such a poor start to the Champions League in their last 6 years.
Dortmund were disappointed after their last Bundesliga matchday as their 41 game league unbeaten run at home was ended by Red Bull Leipzig in a match which ended 2:3 in favour of Die Roten Bullen. However, they still lead the German Bundesliga table and are 2 points clear of defending champions FC Bayern Munchen.
Dortmund travel to Cyprus this week as they face a Cypriot club for the first time in their history. The match being important for the club as it might be their only chance to come back and increase their qualification chances to the Round of 16. Peter Bosz knows how important this match would be for his side so he might do certain changes to his tactics and will not try to concede as they might shatter their qualification dreams. Dortmund however would be without their right back Lukasz Piszczek who suffered an injury in the international break which might see Zagadou starting again for the club. Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 10 goals in 8 appearances for the club and he will the man to look at in this encounter.
Predicted 11: Bürki, Toljan, Sokratis (c), Toprak, Zagadou, Castro, Weigl, Dahoud, Philipp, Pulisic, Aubameyang
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These 2 clubs have never gone head to head against each other before.
- This will be Dortmund’s first-ever game against Cypriot opposition.
- BVB midfielder Nuri Sahin was in the Real Madrid side that knocked APOEL out in the last eight in 2012.
- Stuttgart forward Anastasios Donis is the son of APOEL coach Giorgos Donis, who was born in Frankfurt.
- Both APOEL and Dortmund have lost twice so far, and by the same scoreline: the Cypriots lost 3-0 to Real Madrid and
- Tottenham; Dortmund lost 3-1 to the same opponents.
- APOEL have lost all of the last six home games against German opposition.
- The Cypriot side have not won in the Champions League since March 2012, a 1-0 round-of-16, second-leg win against Lyon.
- APOEL striker Igor De Camargo turned out for Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hoffenheimin the Bundesliga.