Incredibly, the Cypriot team could qualify with a round to spare, if both they and Inter win this evening. They have really lit up the competition this season and been a revelation, especially at home, where they have scored three goals against Panathinaikos, Inter, Olympiakos and Rapid. This could also develope into another shootout, as Werder, who are much happier on the front foot, know that only a win will keep their hopes of making the knockout stage alive. The German club are struggling this season, they have not had much luck, like in the narrow loss to Hamburg at the weekend, but have been unable to find any consistency, with any good result, just proving a false dawn.
However, they might have been handed a helping hand by some very strange decisions in the Cypriot camp. Quite a lot of the home squad were on NT duty last midweek and many were expected to be rested in the weekend domestic game, ahead of , what has been termed the "biggest game in their history". Eyebrows were raised, when they chose pretty much a full strength team and even more so, when the game turned into a real battle ! So much so, that several of the squad were said to be exhausted and missed training this week. Anorthosis are an ageing team, with many of the squad in their 30's, I counted seven that were 32+, at least four likely starters are 34 or older. The decision not to rest players, is one that could easily backfire, what seems certain, is that they will want to try and finish things tonight and not go to Greece in two weeks time, needing a result.
We have two free scoring teams, both set to go for it, goals are on the cards, last four Champions League games in Famagusta have averaged 4.0 , Bremen have scored and conceded in both their away group games, averaging 3.0 and in the Bundesliga, all starts have produced a league high mean of 4.142 goals per game.
6.5 points "over" 3 goals 2.25 asian line.1 point six goals or more 11.0 + Betfair ..... liquidity should increase throughout the day.