Basel vs APOEL Nicosia Betting Tip Basel – 27 February 2020

Basel to finish job in style

Arthur Cabral /Basel ©imago images / Sports Press Photo 27.02.2020

SwitzerlandBasel vs APOEL NicosiaCyprus
27th February 1755hrs
Football – Europe – Europa League
Pick Basel
Bookmaker Betway
Odds: 31/40 odds taken 2000 GMT, Wednesday 26 February

Basel took a huge step towards the last-16 courtesy of a 3-0 win away from home in the first leg. Can APOEL produce a dramatic turnaround or are they making the trip playing only for some pride?!

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Basel Preview – Will Basel avoid any huge dramas to make their way to the last-16 of the Europa League?

It may only be halfway through the tie but Basel are looking very good to be in the draw for the last-16. The Swiss outfit are three goals up and barring a disastrous second leg they will be looking forward at what’s to come. In some way it was a surprising result due to their current struggles domestically which has seen them slip five points behind St Gallen and Young Boys.
Basel have been terrible at home in recent weeks. The 2-2 draw with Servette at the weekend was their first point in three home matches in 2020.
Our betting prediction:
Basel win and Over 2.5 goals

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If you look purely at Basel’s form in the group stage of this competition, however, the 3-0 win last Thursday is entirely predictable. They won all four of their six games in the section losing only once. Basel topped a group that contained Getafe, Trabzonspor and Krasnodar.
Basel scored 12 goals during that group phase and they showed their attacking qualities in full last week. Tomorrow’s game is now about finishing the job and they will take great comfort from the fact they have won their last five at home in the Europa Leaguea and are unbeaten in eight.

APOEL Nicosia Preview – Can Cypriots produce one of the biggest comebacks in this competition’s history?

Elimination from the Champions League qualifiers at the hands of Ajax meant APOEL fell into this competition. The Cypriots performed well in the group stage to finish second against Spanish powerhouses Sevilla and ahead of F91 Dudelange and Qarabag. The draw presented a chance for APOEL against those two clubs but to finish with 10 points – five clear of third place – was a success and guaranteed them knockout football in Europe.

With 10 goals scored in their six matches it’s clear they carry a threat going forward but eight goals conceded was an indication that APOEL had problems defensively.


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It’s going to take a huge effort for APOEL to get back into this tie and you have to say it’s very unlikely. The 2-0 win in Luxembourg in the the group stage was a first success on the road in their last 10 away games in the Europa League. Stretching that back even further and it’s just two wins in their last 19 away games in the competition.

That’s not a run of form that inspires confidence and would have to see a dramatic turnaround for them to have any chance of remaining in this year’s Europa League.

Basel vs APOEL Nicosia Betting Advice

Whilst it remains a game of football we know anything can happen but this would go down as one of the biggest surprises in Europa League history if APOEL are able to come back from a three goal deficit. Their form away from home inspires absolutely no confidence they can even win the match tomorrow let alone by the margin they require.
One slight hope for the visitors is their opponent’s domestic home form which has seen them take one point from a possible nine since returning from the winter break but you sense Basel have the ability to raise their game on the European scene.

Key Facts – Basel vs APOEL Nicosia Betting Tip

  • An excellent showing in Cyprus last week mean Basel are on the brink of qualifying for the next stage of the Europa League
  • APOEL have won only one of their last 10 away games in the Europa League
  • The Cypriots last visit to Switzerland was a 3-1 defeat to Young Boys back in 2016


Whilst Basel have not been great domestically their home form in the Europa League has been excellent and I’m taking them to finish the job in style here by getting another comfortable win.


The best betting odds for Basel vs APOEL Nicosia


Basel to win: 13/20 at Bet365
Draw: 11/4 at Bet365
APOEL Nicosia to win: 19/4 at Bet365