The “blue and yellow” move to the rhythm of Ghent
Everyone's attention in APOEL is focused on Thursday's match against Ghent in Belgium, where the “blue and yellow” will try to get a result that will give them the opportunity to claim qualification for the rematch. Ricardo Sa Pinto's team has an extremely difficult mission ahead of them, as they will find against them a team that is in a very good playing condition.
Ghent have great attacking qualities and therefore APOEL will need to have a flawless blocking function to manage to limit the quality midfielders and forwards of the Belgians. A collective effort is needed from all APOEL players, who should have a lot of runs in the game. In particular, the players who will compete on the wings will have to have good returns to be able to help the full-backs when the Belgians will try to cut back. The overlaps must work perfectly on Thursday for APOEL to have any hope of a good result. The set-pieces are also expected to play a key role, from which the Nicosia team can benefit.
In the competitive part, Ricardo Sa Pinto will line up his best in next Thursday's match. The Portuguese is not expected to make any special surprises in the eleven. Dimersi Ndongala has a high chance of making his first eleventh appearance this year. The Congolese is the favorite to cover the right wing.
As for the other positions, Belets will line up under the posts with Petrovic and Dvali forming the defensive duo. Susic returns to the right end of the defense while Cepak will play on the left. Konstantinov, Dalsio and Villafanies will form the trio in midfield, with Marquinios covering the left wing. Finally, at the top of the attack will be Kvilitaia.