News: Atalanta v Apollon background

Saturday 30 September 2017 22.05 CET

• Apollon are yet to win in four matches against Serie A teams – two away defeats and two home draws.

• No club from Cyprus has beaten Italian opposition in 22 UEFA competition matches, with all 12 previous games between the countries' clubs in Italy producing home victories. These include AC Milan's nominal 'away' fixture against Dighenis Akritas Morphou in the 1971/72 UEFA Cup, which was played in Trieste.

• Apollon are unbeaten in five in Europe (W2 D3), including draws in their three most recent matches.

• Fourth in Serie A last term, Atalanta are back in Europe for the first time since 1990/91, when they were eliminated by Internazionale in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

• Apollon competed in back-to-back UEFA Europa League group stages in 2013/14 and 2014/15, but have yet to make it to the round of 32. They finished third in Cyprus last season, also beating champions APOEL in the domestic cup final.

• Apollon's Valentin Roberge became the first player to be sent off in this season's group stage when he was dismissed at Everton on matchday two.

• Vitória SC's Guillermo Celis and Apollon's Anton Maglica were the most-fouled players on the first two matchdays, with ten infringements on each of them.

• Suspended for this match: Valentin Roberge (Apollon).

• Misses next match if booked: Héctor Yuste (Apollon).

• Sofronis Avgousti has coached home-town team Apollon since 2016, having previously served the club in three separate spells as a goalkeeper. The 11-times capped international was also on the books at AEK Larnaca, Aris Limassol and APOEL.