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  • March 8, 2012
  • • 03:45
  • • Neo GSP, Nicosía (Levkosía)
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 18500
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APOEL - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Cypriot minnows aiming for unlikely qualification against stuttering French giants

APOEL - Olympique Lyonnais Preview: Cypriot minnows aiming for unlikely qualification against stuttering French giants

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Ivan Jovanovic's men are bidding to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg and secure a susprise qualification against an OL side on a pitiful run of form


PROBABLE LINEUPS


APOEL


Chiotis
 Poursaiditidis, Paulo Jorge, Kaka, Oliveira
 Morais, H Sousa
 Charalambidis, Tricovski, Manduca
 Ailton
LYON


Lloris
Reveilliere, Kone, Cris, Cissokho
Briand, Gonalons, Kallstrom, Bastos
Lisandro Lopez, Gomis

APOEL coach Ivan Jovanovic has few injury concerns ahead of their make-or-break Champions League tie against Lyon. Marcelo Oliveira and Aldo Adorno both sat out the first leg, but are in line for a return after appearing in the 4-1 win over league strugglers Ermis at the weekend.

Ivan Trickovsi looks set to be reinstated after being rested at the weekend, with the Macedonian attacker having shaken off a leg injury. However, APOEL will be without Helio Pinto, who is suspended for the clash at GSP.

Olympique Lyonnais have Yoann Gourcuff ruled out after he picked up an adductor injury. The France international's latest setback prolongs his spell on the sidelines, having last turned out in the 3-1 cup win over Bordeaux last month. However, les Gones are boosted by the return of Dejan Lovren after recovering from an Achilles injury.

Bafetimbi Gomis, Cris and Kim Kallstrom will incur a suspension if booked on Wednesday evening. Likewise, Nektarios Alexandrou, Marcelo Oliveira, Trickovsi, Marcinho and Paulo Jorge are all also one booking away from a suspension.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Of the last 13 Champions League games, APOEL have only won two and both of these have come at home this season, against FC Porto and Zenit St Petersburg.
  • Nuno Morais, formerly of Chelsea, has played every single minute of the Cypriots' Champions League campaign. 
  • Ivan Jovanovic's men are bidding to be Cyprus' first Champions League quarter-finalists, in which the island nation could also become the 16th European counry to achieve the feat.
  • APOEL's last encounter against French opposition on Cypriot soil ended in a 1-0 defeat to PSG in September 1993.
  • Olympique Lyonnais are in the round of 16 for the ninth successive season, only Real Madrid have achieved more (consecutive streak of 15).
  • Les Gones have a 100 per cent record of qualifying when winning the first leg 1-0 at home, most recently against Real Madrid at this stage in 2009-10.
  • Remi Garde's men are aiming to qualify for the last eight for only the second time since 2005-06, and the first since they achieved their best result as semi-finalists two years ago.
  • Since the first leg on February 14, Lyon are yet to win in their domestic league, having claimed victory in only one of their last eight Ligue 1 games.
  • Les Gones have fallen behind in seven of their last eight games, something noteworthy to Ivan Jovanovic's men if they are secure an unlikely qualification.
Mweene; Nkausu, Sunzu, Himoonde, Musonda; Chansa, Lungu, Sinkala, Kalaba; C. Katongo (c), Mayuka

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

APOEL

Olympique Lyonnais

Wins
1
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

APOEL FC APL
APOEL FC APOEL
Draw
Olympique Lyonnais LYO
Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais
44%
18%
38%

Top 3 Predictions

APOEL FC APL
2 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais LYO
APOEL FC APL
1 - 1
Olympique Lyonnais LYO
APOEL FC APL
1 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais LYO

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