2014-15 Champions League Match Preview: APOEL Nicosia vs. Ajax

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Updated: September 29, 2014
Ajax UCL 2

Match Date: 30 September 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Neo GSP

(Featured image: Ajax | Source: FIFA)

 

APOEL and Ajax have never met in any previous fixture in any of the UEFA competitions, although each had their own successes in the separate groups they joined in the tilts. The home side reached the quarter-finals of the 2011-12 season while the guests have already won in four editions (three of which were consecutive).

 

APOEL Nicosia

Leading the rankings in the current season of the Cypriot top-tier league, APOEL are clearly one of the stongest sides to come out of Cyprus and compete in the UEFA tournament. Form-wise, however, the side are not necessarily displaying a perfect façade. In the ir last five matches, they have won three times, forced a draw once, and were beaten once as well. The only defeat from this streak was incurred from the Champions League Group stage opening, when they were beaten by Spanish side Barcelona and landed at the bottom of the group table.

 

Ajax

One of the Netherlands’ most successful teams, Ajax have been a perennial squad in the Champions League; in fact, they have already won the title four times. Their Group stage debut in the new season of the UEFA top-tier tournament gave them one point to rank in the mid-table, thanks to a grueling and highly entertaining battle they engaged with French giants Paris Saint-Germain. However, they need more than just a draw from their continental campaign and their chance to win back the Cup would only be strengthened if they make it on top—or near the top—of the Group round.

 

Champions League betting tip: Ajax will earn all the marbles from APOEL.