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Europa League 29 November: Apollon vs Lazio preview

Europa League 29 November: Apollon vs Lazio preview

Apollon vs Lazio 22:00 GSP Stadium, Nicosia
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This is the fifth match in the Europa League, group H for both teams. Eintracht Frankfurt leads the group having won all of their matches so far. Lazio is second with 9 points. Marseille and Apollon are bottom with 1 point. Frankfurt and Lazio are already booked their spot to the next stage.

Apollon no longer has a chance to progress but they will still play with their best players to earn money and prestige for the club. Still they have an important match against APOEL next in the league but that game is on Monday so no need to rest players too much here. They already played very well against Lazio in Rome and did not deserve to lose that match, but such is football. Now they will have a second chance against a Lazio side who will most likely play with reserve players as they have already qualified to next stage. Apollon has been the best team in Cyprus this season despite leading only with goal difference. They have scored the most goals and conceded the least amount of goals. Even in their only loss they did not deserve to lose that game. They have had problems with injuries recently especially to their defensive line. They missed both defender Roberge and Markovic from their last game due to suspension but they return here. Apollon won´t have their head coach Augusti on the bench in this match due to the UEFA ban he got from the last game against Frankfurt.

Lazio has beaten Marseille twice and Apollon once and those 9 points have been enough to get them through. They could still have a chance to be first in the group but that would most likely require them to overcome a 4-1 scoreline that they had in their loss against Frankfurt. Lazio has failed to win in their last two games as they drew 1-1 with both Sassuolo and AC Milan in the Serie A. Their main goal is to get into the Champions League through the Serie A and they are currently 4th in Italy at the moment. They will want to keep that position so their weekend match against Chievo, who have improved in recent games, is more important than this Apollon match.

Apollon team news:

Compared to the last game Roberge and Markovic will return to this match but Yuste, Carayol and Bru are still out. Papoullis, Pereyra, Zelaya and Vasiliou might not start as they might be saved for their match on Monday.

Lazio team news:

They will miss Lucas Leiva and will rotate players in this match.

Prediction:

Even if Lazio plays with reserve players, it will be a difficult match for Apollon as those players will want to play good to get a chance for more playing time. This happened also last season when Apollon lost clearly to Everton in their final match despite Everton rotating their squad for that game. Also if Apollon will rest their key offensive players like Pereyra, Papoullis and Zelaya, their chances of scoring will be limited. If they are rested then Lazio win. If they start, then both teams to score is the main pick.

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