APOEL will visit Bulgaria to face Botev Plovdiv in the 2022 UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round.
APOEL finished third in the Cyprus First Division and qualified for the UEFA Conference League qualifying rounds.
The hosts also finished third in the Bulgarian top flight and qualified for the qualifying rounds of the competition.
Botev Plovdiv – APOEL Head to Head
APOEL was the dominant side in that match as far as their head-to-head record is concerned, winning three games out of a total of five games played between the teams. Only one win went in favor of the hosts.
They faced each other in the 2012 and 2016 Europa League qualifying rounds and the visitors emerged victorious in three of the four legs.
They last met in a friendly in 2019. Botev celebrated his first-ever victory against an exhausted APOEL with a 3-0 win.
Form Guide for Botev Plovdiv: DDLWW
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Botev Plovdiv vs APOEL Team News
Defender Pa Konate will miss the tie after being sidelined with a knee injury. Monir Badarin is another player who is initially in doubt after missing his recent friendlies.
Hurt: Pa Konate
Doubtful: Monir Badarin
The visitors have no injury or suspension concerns ahead of their first leg in Bulgaria.
Botev Plovdiv vs APOEL Expected XIs
Botev Plovdiv predicted XI (4-4-2): Georgie Arghisalkie (TG), Viktor Genev, Ceril Oyosso, Marty Tonev, Hidajet Hankic, Bargil Rabei, Serder Jinjoski, Jasper Hansen, James Eto’o, Lacher Baltanov, Viril Vukanovic
Estimated XI of APOEL (3-4-3): Andres Christanovu (GK), Giorgi Kviallia, Kinsely Sarfo, Stellos Vronis, Lucas Souza, Dalcio, Marquinos, Apostolos Stiringis, Nikolas Koustakas, Bert Esselink, Christos Wheeler
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Prediction of Botev Plovdiv vs APOEL
For the Bulgarian team, this draw will be crucial in terms of promotion. APOEL has had the upper hand in this game in the past.
Playing in front of the home fans, Botev has a great chance to take the lead to Cyprus.
The visitors will look to gain a solid advantage in the first leg before receiving them in the second.
We expect a close draw with APOEL claiming victory.
Forecast: Botev Plovdiv – APOEL 2:3