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Who would have thought that a fairly unknown opposition from Cyprus would humble the club with the most exciting young prospects in Belgium? But it has happened last week and how. After Antwerp’s Manuel Benson opened the scoring in the 26th minute in the first leg, it all went downhill as Omonia Nicosia humbled their superior opponents 4-2 at home. Now an organised defending approach and an excruciating ninety minutes in Belgium could see Omonia through to the Europa League group stages.

Royal Antwerp’s main problem this season has been their awful defending. Despite boasting some strong names in the first XI, especially in the back-line, they have now failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 5 games. A BTTS situation in 4 of the last 5 means they have even failed to score against one of their last 5 opponents but conceded very easily. They will win this game, but a goal conceded might put the tie out of their reach.

Omonia is definitely going to be under immense pressure on Thursday night. The world expects them to lose, and they shall, but the only question remains – will they lose by a small margin and win the tie on aggregate? That is all that matters for the Cyprus-based side. Nevertheless, they are on a 3-game unbeaten form and have shown very good disciplinary acumen, with under 4.5 cards seen in most of their recent games.

A Royal Antwerp win is priced at 1.53 odds at the time of writing. Before the game, the odds may drop but won’t go below 1.45, in our opinion, which is a decent enough return for such an obvious bet. We expect Antwerp to win 3-1 and take the game extra time, making Antwerp win / Over 2.5 goals our best bet for Thursday.

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