Tottenham Hotspur had qualified as group winners for the knockout phase and their matchday 6 fixture against APOEL is nothing less than a dead rubber.
The home win against Real Madrid proved vital for Spurs and they cannot be dismantled from the top spot even if they lost to their visitors from Cyprus on Tuesday. They sit with a 3 point cushion over the Spanish side.
But, this is a must win fixture for APOEL as they are in a head-to-head battle for Europa League spot with Borussia Dortmund. The Cypriots played out a pair of 1-1 draws with the Bundesliga side and whoever earns a better result on matchday 6 goes through to the Europa League round of 16. Both Dortmund and Apeol lost remaining three matches in the group and are locked on same points.
Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia: Head-to-head
The first leg of the corresponding fixture won by Spurs on a 3-0 margin is their lone meeting with Apoel. Harry scored all three goals for the Premier League club.
Spurs are unbeaten in their 5 meetings with clubs from Cyprus (4 wins and 1 draw). They also won the two home fixtures during the period.
Apoel are yet to register a win against English Premier League clubs – 1 draw and 2 losses. However, their only other English opponent is Chelsea who they met during the 2009/10 Champions League group stage. They did bag a memorable 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge after losing the home tie 1-0.
Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia: Prediction
Spurs are going through a bad patch after failing to win in their last three Premier League games and fallen out of the top 5 in the standings. With Tuesday’s fixture being a dead rubber, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to rotate his squad as the main focus turning to improve the situation in the domestic league.
This presents Apeol an outside chance of taking anything from this game. There is no lack of motivation in the Cypriot camp as Europa League spots are up for grabs with three points here.SOurce