Apollon v Basel Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 30th August

Apollon v Basel Betting Preview, Odds & Tips 30th August

Tom Rodgers (@tom11rodgers) previews Apollon v Basel and provides us with his best bets for … Thursday’s Europa League qualifying clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Apollon v Basel Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 30/08/2018
  • Time: 18:00
  • Venue: Tsirio Stadium

Apollon have not yet kicked off their league campaign so they come into this game off the back of a defeat to Basel in the first leg where they lost 3-2 in Switzerland, but those 2 away goals could be crucial come the end of Thursday night’s game. Apollon may have found themselves unlucky not to take at least a draw away from Basel as at one point in the game they found themselves 2-1 up.

Basel have already played 5 games in the league so far and find themselves sitting second in the Swiss Super League, but already 7 points adrift of BSC Young Boys. Basel managed to get past Vitesse in the previous round with a 2-0 aggregate win and they come into this 2nd leg encounter with an advantage, although only slight. Basel will be looking to former Sporting, Norwich and Vitesse hitman, Ricky van Wolfswinkel to secure their place into the Europa League group stages.

Team News

Former Nottingham Forest and Ipswich man Mustapha Carayol is expected to replace Kevin Bru, another former Ipswich player in the attacking midfield role for Apollon.

With no noticeable injuries for Basel I expect them to line up as they did in the first leg.

Potential Apollon Starting XI: Vale, Pedo, Yuste, Roberge, Vasilou, Sachetti. Lyriakou, Carayol, Papoulis, Adrian, Maglica

Potential Basel Starting XI: Hansen, Widmer, Cumart, Balanta, Petretta, Serey Die, Zuffi, Frei, van Wolfswinkel, Ajeti, Kalulu

Head To Head

  • Apollon and Basel have only met once before and that was in the first leg of this tie which Basel won 3-2.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Apollon and won 3 out of their last 5 games scoring 11 goals in the process.
  • Basel have won 4 out of their last 5 matches scoring 11 goals.

Betting Odds

  • Apollon 29/20
  • Draw 12/5
  • Basel 7/4

The Verdict

These two teams seem to score goals like they are going out of fashion with Apollon scoring in 4 of their last 5 and Basel in 5 of their last 5 so I'm going to go with Both Teams to Score for this one. I think this will be a difficult trip for Basel and think Apollon could win this game in another high scoring affair.

Recommended Bets

  • Both Teams to Score 4/6 (Bet365)
  • Apollon to win and Both Teams to Score 15/4 (Bet365)
  • Over 2.5 goals (4/5) (Bet365)