Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 6 December 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Tottenham traveled to Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago having just lost 2-0 to Arsenal, but even so, I backed them not just to earn at least a draw (1.72, their double chance), but even to win the game (2.25, their victory in “draw no bet”). They did win, 2-1, coming from behind, but.. what came next, has been a disaster for them, in the Premier League, picking up just two points from three matches, all three against teams lower than them in the table. From dreaming of challenging Manchester City for the PL title, they have gone to fighting for a top-4 spot, so as to play Champions League football next season as well. Currently they are 6th(!), level on points with Burnley(!!), 18 whole points behind leaders Manchester City. No mistake there, it’s really 18(!!). At least they will finish first in their Champions League group, regardless of what happens in this game. Even if they lose and finish level on points with Real Madrid, they have the advantage.
Being in the same group with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham, meant that APOEL’s chances of… anything, anything at all, were close to zero. Look at them… Two points, having avoided defeat in both games against Borussia, even in Germany. That alone is something for the Cyprus champions, who are… secretly dreaming of a small miracle, a point in London, that will allow them to play Europa League football in February. They are level on points with Dortmund, their games in Cyprus and Germany both ended in a 1-1 draw, so it’s the overall goal difference in the group that matters, and there, APOEL are second best, partly (but not exclusively) because of that 0-6 two weeks ago, when they hosted Real Madrid (“Real and over 3.5 goals”, at 1.95, was my tip back then). Dortmund are not going to lose in Madrid by… 6-7 goals, so APOEL need a point at Wembley to finish third. If they don’t, no one will really be able to blame them. Last weekend they beat Ermis 2-1 at home, their fifth consecutive victory in Cyprus’ championship, where they are third, four points behind leaders Anorthosis, but with two games in hand.
Previous five matches:
Watford vs Tottenham 1-1
Leicester vs Tottenham 2-1
Tottenham vs West Brom 1-1
Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham 1-2
Arsenal vs Tottenham 2-0
APOEL vs Ermis 2-1
Ermis vs APOEL 0-4
APOEL vs Olympiakos Nicosia 6-1
APOEL vs Real Madrid 0-6
Omonia Nicosia vs APOEL 1-3
Tottenham’s next game is on Saturday, again at home, versus Stoke City (England Premier League). Two days later, APOEL will be visiting AEL Limassol (Cyprus championship).
Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia: Head to head Stats
Tottenham have never hosted APOEL before.
Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia: Prediction
Tottenham are desperate for a good result, for a good game, regardless of the fact that they have already qualified as first in the group.
Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia: Betting Tips
A simple Tottenham win pays just 1.20. Despite struggling offensively lately, I expect the hosts to… “enjoy” this game, and score enough to push it over 2.5 goals. Their win combined with that, is at 1.62, still kind of low, so for more than that, I would take the extra risk to bet on “Tottenham and over 3.5 goals”, at 2.45, counting on APOEL to score one themselves.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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- Bayern Munich vs PSG
- Celtic vs Anderlecht
- Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
- Roma vs Qarabag
- Barcelona vs Sporting
- Benfica vs Basel
- Maribor vs Sevilla
- Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow
- Olympiakos vs Juventus
- Feyenoord vs Napoli
- Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City
- RB Leipzig vs Besiktas
- Porto vs Monaco
- Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund