Apollon – Lazio SOCCER PICKS
Apollon and Lazio meet at Neo GSP, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). Attention to the house factor, since the Apollon usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
After 1 draw and 3 losses, the home team is currently in the 4 th position, with 1 point won. In the last match, they lost in (2-3) at home against Eintracht Frankfurt, after in the previous match, lost by (2-0) away with Eintracht Frankfurt. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses at their stadium, with 42 goals scored and 10 conceded. In the last match they played, for the 1. Division, they beat Alki Oroklini at home (3-0). In the last 6 home matches for the UEFA Europa League, Apollon has a record of 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since in 27 of the last 30 there were Over 1,5 goals and in 21 of the last 30 there were Over 2,5 goals. In 12 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 7 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Apollon is a club that throughout its history never won the Europa League, but has already won the 1. Division (national championship of Cyprus) three times, in addition to having nine titles of the Cyprus Cup. In the current season, the team had a rather weak performance in the group stage of the Europa League, so much that it currently occupies the fourth and last position of Group H, eight points behind the second classified and eleven points behind the leader. In the last five games that Apollon played at home, for more than one competition, four of them scored one or more goals in the first half. We believe that in this match the Apollon, to be playing at home, will try to achieve a victory, to at least close their participation in the Europa League with a positive score within their stadium.
The away team is currently in the 2 nd position, with 9 points won, after 3 wins and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Olympique Marseille, by (1-3). In the last match, they won in a home match against Olympique Marseille, by (2-1). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches he has 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Milan by (1-1). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Lazio won 4, tied 1 and lost 5. The team has not been very strong defensively, as they have suffered goals in the last 4 matches, but their attack has scored regularity, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 4 matches for this competition. This is a team that usually does not feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 12 of the last 15 games, of these 12 reached the break in advantage in 6 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10 .
Lazio never managed to conquer the Europa League, but throughout its history was runner-up in the competition once, in 1997/98, in addition to having two Serie A titles TIM (Italian Championship). In the current season, the team has been doing a good campaign in the group stage of the Europa League, so much that it is in the second position of Group H, three points behind the first classified and eight points ahead of the third. In the last five games that Lazio played as a visitor, for several competitions, in four were scored one or more goals in the first half. We believe that in this confrontation with Lazio, despite being already classified, will try to conquer a victory to try to reach the leadership of the group and so will make a more offensive game.