Seeking to secure a second place in the Champions League group stage for the second consecutive season, Cyprus’ Apoel opens its participation in the 2019/2020 edition of the tournament on Tuesday, July 23. In round one of stage number three, he will face Northern Macedonia’s Sutjeska at the Gradski stadium in Nikšić from 3:15 pm (GMT). It will welcome rivals in a clash scheduled for July 30.
The knockout phase of the 2019/2020 edition of the Champions League is on its third step. They were left behind in the preliminary stage, in which of the four teams they played survived Kosovo’s KF Feronikeli. In the second stage, 32 teams were divided into 16 keys of two.The winners moved to the current stage, which counts 24 teams as it embraces eight pre-ranked teams. Of these, 12 will go to the next phase, the last of the contest, which is named after the playoffs and will indicate the six that will join the 26 pre-ranked.
Undercutting at UEFA Champions League organizers Uefa, Stujeska had to sweat early in the fight for a place in the group stage of the tournament. They beat Slovakia’s Slovan Bratislava in the second round after two 1-1 draws. The repetition of the scorer led the game to extra time, which did not go from 0 to 0. Sutjeska advanced to take the lead in the penalty shootout (3-2).With their national league debut scheduled for August 3 only, the team is exclusively dedicated to the Champions League playoffs. Before the duels with the Slovakian team, the team made only one friendly match. On July 2, they faced Serbia’s Radnik, winning 1-0.In the previous season, he reached the Prva Crnogorska League title, the First Division of the Montenegro Championship, reaching 74 points (21 wins, 11 draws and four losses). It was his second achievement in a row. It opened nine points ahead in comparison with second-placed Buducnost.As home team, he accumulated 39 points (12 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses). There were three more than the runner-up. The biggest advantage was gained when playing as a visitor, in which he added 35 points (nine wins, eight draws and one loss).
For Apoel, the 2019/2020 season officially begins this Tuesday. The team will not make their debut at the Cyprus Championship until August 24. His preparation for the meeting with the team of Northern Macedonia had three friendlies. He was defeated by Zilina (1-0 from Slovakia) and Rijeka (4-1 from Croatia) and overcame Shakhtar Donetsk (1-0 from Ukraine).The right to participate in the qualifiers came with the conquest of the national title in 2018/2019. Apoel reached the seven-time championship with a total of 70 points (21 wins, seven draws and four losses). There were eight more than AEK Larnaca, runner-up.As principal, he won 32 points (nine wins, five draws and two losses), being the second best in this criterion. He compensated by earning 38 points as a visitor (12 wins, two draws and two losses).
Football Prediction of the Day Sutjeska vs Apoel
Although being in a competitive rhythm and being able to act in its domains favors Stujeska, Apoel has been consistent in its evolution. It is dominant in Cypriot football and has taken steps to grow on the continent as well. Thus, the prediction on the success of the visiting team seems to be the best guess for Tuesday’s clash over the 2019/2020 Champions League qualifying round.
Bet Tips: Apoel