Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa play against their Cypriot rivals Apollon Limassol in an effort to advance to the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night.
After coming close in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, Maccabi qualified for their latest chance at the big time by winning the Israeli Premier League for the second consecutive season last year. They entered the qualification process in the second round, have already created ripples in Europe's premier club championship by spectacularly defeating Olympiacos last Wednesday.
Apollon Limassol FC
Apollon entered the qualifying process at this third round stage, defeated AEK Larnaca to win the domestic championship in Cyprus last season. With their fourth domestic title in hand, they are now vying for their first-ever Champions League group participation. The most recent loss for the team was a 1-0 setback to Torino in Austria.
Maccabi Haifa are poised to lead into the second leg of the match next week thanks to the momentum they've built up during three challenging games, as opposed to their comparably inexperienced opponents.
Pick: Maccabi Haifa (-0.5/-1) in AH