Apollon Vs Maccabi Haifa Betting Tip: Over 2.5 Goals – 9 August 2022

Goals will flow in Cyprus as hosts chase big victory?

Apollon Limassol / Sasa Markovic ©IMAGO / ANP 08/22/2019

Cyprus Apollon Limassol Vs Maccabi Haifa Israel

Tuesday, 9 August 2022 – 18:00 (BST)
UEFA Champions League Qualification
Pick: Over 2.5 Goals
Odds: 6/5
Bookmaker: Betway
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 7 August 2022)

Preview: After a damaging first-leg result, going down 4-0 in Israel to a rampant Maccabi Haifa, Apollon Limassol know they must score at least four on the night if they are to give themselves any chance of progressing to the next round.

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Apollon Limassol – Cypriot champs forgotten how to win?

After finishing runners-up domestically in 2021, Apollon Limassol would go one better the following season. Clinching the club’s fourth Cypriot league title – their first for sixteen years – at the end of 2021-22, and thus a spot in the Champions League qualifying rounds. Their spell in the competition is looking as though it will be short-lived, however, unless they can turn around a 4-0 deficit in Limassol.

The Cypriots played the final thirty minutes a man light and must now do without defender Vukasin Jovanovic. Even prior to the 26-year-old’s dismissal, though, the visitors were a distant second best. Finishing their first competitive outing for more than two months without mustering an attempt on target and compounding a miserable pre-season campaign, with that a fourth loss in five over the summer.

Key Stat: Any hope Apollon Limassol can turn this tie around are tempered by their recent results in Europe as hosts, succumbing to heavy defeats to PSV (0-4), Lech Poznan (0-5) and Zilina (1-3) in three of their past four such matches.


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Maccabi Haifa – Expect the goals to keep on flowing?

Israel’s reigning league champions ran riot a week ago, and produced the scoreline their dominance merited. Racking up 21 shots, 11 of which were on target, The Greens from the Carmel scored twice either side of a red card for the visitors to all but put this tie to bed. Putting on another attacking clinic, they have now scored four in successive rounds after thrashing Olympiacos 4-0 in Greece a week earlier.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be all that surprised by their exploits thus far. Maccabi Haifa plundered 79 goals in just 36 games on their way to lifting the Isreali Premier League in May, finishing eight points clear with a staggering +52 goal difference. More could yet be to come though. With that emphatic win in Greece, Haifa have netted four or more in three of their last four away European qualifiers (W3 L1).

Key Stat: Maccabi Haifa retain an excellent record on their travels in European qualifiers, losing just two of the last eleven such matches (W7 D2) going back to 2013.

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Apollon Limassol Vs Maccabi Hifa Betting Advice

The headlines following the first leg will have read ‘Maccabi Haifa comprehensively defeats 10-men of Apollon Limassol’. In reality, though, the team from Isreal were head and shoulders above their opponents from the get-go and were already 2-0 to the good and firmly in the ascendancy by the time there was any numerical discrepancy on the pitch. The visitors departing having managed three shots and none on target.


Apollon Limassol vs Maccabia Haifa – Key Facts:

  • Despite being crowned Cypriot league champions at the end of 2021-22, Apollon Limassol have not been in any sort of positive form. That first-leg loss bringing their record across the last 14 competitive games to W2 D8 L4.
  • Conversely, Maccabi Haifa are unbeaten in six (excluding results after extra-time) across all competitions. All four victories over this period coming by at least a three goal margin and all without conceding.
  • There were at least four match goals in Apollon Limassol’s past five European home games and all but one of the last four away from home for Maccabi Haifa.


Reversing such a one-sided encounter won’t be as simple as having home advantage. Besides, Maccabi Haifa have shown to be competent travellers in European competition. We can probably expect another goal-laden rematch however. Apollon Limassol’s past five European home games all saw Over 3.5 Goals, while this was also the case in three of the last four away European qualifiers for Maccabi Haifa.

Best Betting Odds – Apollon Limassol Vs Maccabi Haifa

Apollon Limassol – 13/5 (Boylesports)
Draw – 12/5 (Bet365)
Maccabi Haifa – 23/20 (Coral)