STUMBRAS VS APOLLON PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Stumbras and Apollon meet at Alytaus m. centrinis stadionas, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (1st Qualifying Round). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of taking advantage of the home advantage to achieve a positive result. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for A Lyga, they beat Palanga at home (2-0). In the last 10 home matches Stumbras has 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses. Their defense has been very strong, as they only suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 games.
Stumbras’ career in international competitions is about to begin. The team was founded in 2013 and has managed to gain space little by little in their country. There is no denying that his campaign in the Europa League is going to be complicated and if it is eliminated it will not be a surprise, but it is clear that he will try to avoid it. The goal of the local team is to go as far as possible and fight for a place in the next phase, so he expects to have an above-average performance, to win and take an advantage for the second leg, as he will act far from your domains
The visiting team plays their first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of winning a positive result as a visitor. 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 6 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses in away matches, with 22 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 39 goals scored and 10 conceded. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they lost with Slovan Liberec out by (4-0). In the last 10 away matches Apollon has won 2, tied 1 and lost 7. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches.
Unlike his adversary, Apollon Limassol already played in some occasions European competitions, being that in the last edition he reached the group stage, where he intends to arrive once again. No doubt that has a bit of favoritism, but must show within field that has the ability to advance in the competition, therefore, must act with quality in both games. Even away from his dominions he wants a good result and that is because having a lead in the second leg would be excellent.
PREDICTION: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.60