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Dudelange first up for APOEL on Wednesday

APOEL will get their Champions League campaign underway on Wednesday night against Luxembourg’s Dudelange.

Mario Been’s side will host the first leg at the GSP Stadium with around 9,000 fans expected to attend the game. APOEL – who clinched a record equaling fifth consecutive league title earlier in the summer – are the favourites to advance from the second qualifying round tie despite failing to impress in preseason.

The Dutch coach – who replaced Thomas Christiansen two months ago – will be without the services of the injured George Efrem and Nicholas Ioannou while new signing Jesus Rueda and Carlao (who returns back to the club on loan from Torino) are not yet ready.

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APOEL are looking to reach the group stages of the Champions League for a fourth time.

Last season, they reached the Last 16 of the Europa League and also made world headlines in 2012 when they reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Meanwhile, fellow Cypriot sides AEK Larnaca, AEL and Apollon will be in Europa League action on Thursday against Irish club Cork City (away), Luxembourg’s Progres (away) and Moldova’s Zaria (home) respectively.

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