Both sides have struggled badly for goals this season, and Al Hain-Cole expects at least one to fail to score when they come face to face in Thursday's Europa League clash
Francis Gillot’s men sit bottom of Group F with two defeats from two but are available at 20/21 (1.95) with Paddy Power to leapfrog their visitors with all three points.
After securing a hard-fought draw in Israel against Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opener, Thrylos succumbed to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last time out, and are 14/5 (3.80) outsiders to bounce back with victory in France.
Alternatively, there are odds of 12/5 (3.40) on offer for Giorgos Donis’ men to settle for their fourth consecutive away draw in this competition.
Donis arrived in the Cypriot capital less than a fortnight ago after predecessor Paulo Sergio was relieved of his services following the home defeat to Frankfurt, with the former CFR Cluj boss having overseen just three victories in his 11 games in charge.
Opposite number Gillot will be grateful his own chairman is not so trigger-happy after just two wins in his opening 13 matches of the season, but last season’s cup victory can only buy the former Sochaux coach so much time before the pressure starts to build.
Both teams’ struggles this season can be attributed to a lack of firepower, having scored just 25 goals in 16 competitive matches between them this campaign, and a 2-0 defeat against Ermis in Donis’ first match in charge suggests the new manager is unlikely to provide an immediate solution.
APOEL are one of only five sides yet to score in this year’s competition after two group games and are certain to arrive at the Stade Chaban Delmas with a similarly defensive game plan to the one that earned them a point in Tel Aviv, meaning goals are likely to be few and far between.
With this in mind, odds of 10/11 (1.91) are not to be missed on no more than one side hitting the net in a low-scoring encounter, in a bet that would have paid out in six of the visitors’ last eight games, as well as four of Les Girondins’ six home fixtures this season.
|'No' on both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
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