Preview: APOEL v Dortmund

Dan-Axel Zagadou

APOEL and Borussia Dortmund go head-to-head in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Group H clash knowing that anything less than a win could end their chances in the competition.

Champions League
17 October 2017
Match Day 3
Kick-off: 20:45
Venue: Neo GSP

Referee: A. Kulbakov
Assistants: D. Zhuk, O. Maslyanko
Fourth official: Y. Khomchenko

Head-to-head summary

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
APOEL 0 0 0 0
Dortmund 0 0 0 0

Previous encounter

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Players to watch

Veteran forward Mickaël Poté could be someone to watch in this must-win encounter for the side from Cyprus, as he has bagged two league goals in four appearances in his domestic league. The 33-year-old tallied 24 goals for Turkey’s Adana Demirspor prior to his move to the Legend in Nicosia.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may be the man to watch for BVB as he continues to show he is among Europe’s hottest strikers. With 10 Bundesliga goals in eight matches for the Black and Yellows he will no doubt be a major threat for the clash which takes place in Levkosia.

Team form and manager quotes

For the hosts, Giorgos Donis is no doubt hoping to build on his side’s 2-0 win over Doxa which saw his team move to fourth in the standings. He said, “In such games, you cannot play too open and gung-ho. I felt we had our chances against Tottenham Hotspur in the previous game but Tottenham and Harry Kane happened to take their chances and we didn’t. I know that Dortmund will be the favourites but, at the same time, I feel that we too will put Dortmund under some pressure.

For the visitors, coach Peter Bosz is looking to put behind a German Bundesliga loss at home to RB Leipzig after BVB suffered a defeat for the first time in over two years at home. He said, “There were a lot of tackles and it was very tense but we didn’t play proper football, especially in the first half. We had a lot of difficulty with Leipzig’s pressing and didn’t do well before the break.”

Team news

For APOEL, talented attacking midfielder Georgios Efrem is unavailable with injury. The prolific 28-year-old scored 19 league goals in his previous two seasons before being ruled out.

Notably, Dortmund will be without influential full-back Lukasz Piszczek who injured knee ligaments while on international duty recently for his home country of Poland.

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