Stephen Bradley is ready for a big reaction from Apollon Limassol at the GSP Stadium in the heat of Nicosia tonight.

But, as he voiced ahead of the first leg at Tallaght Stadium last week, the Shamrock Rovers manager believes his side can raise their game too.

Trailing 2-1 from that first meeting, Apollon remain quietly confident of overturning the deficit.

In qualifying four times for the group stages of this competition in the last six seasons, the Cypriot side have not lost a home qualifier in Europe in nine games.

"They are obviously going to try to improve on what they showed last week," said Bradley. "But I'm sure we can as well."

Rovers will be up against it in what are expected to be trying conditions with expected temperatures in the mid-twenties at the 8pm local kick-off time.

"It is about getting our game plan right and making sure we impose ourselves on them when we have spells of possession in the game," said Bradley.

"We're not coming here to sit back and hope to get a result. We’ll impose our game on them. We’ll be going out to try to score and win the game.

"You can’t sit in hoping to get a draw. If you do that you are asking to get beat.

"We won’t do that. We’ll go to try to win the game from the first minute."

Bradley is without striker Graham Cummins who suffered concussion in Cork on Sunday, while winger Neil Farrugia is not yet fit following a hamstring injury. Neither player has travelled.

Graham Burke, who re-signed on loan from Preston on Wednesday, did travel and trained with his team-mates at the stadium, even though he is ineligible.

Apollon are missing their defensive midfielder, Argentinian Esteban Sachetti, who was sent off in the first leg for a nasty tackle on Rovers’ ace midfielder Jack Byrne.

Bradley praised his side’s discipline amid some provocation in Tallaght. Prior to his dismissal, Sachetti went unpunished for an elbow on Aaron McEneff that cut the Derryman’s head.

"In these games you have to be disciplined," said Bradley.

"When you play against players at this level the dark arts are going to be there and you have to be ready for that.

"You’ve to understand that it’s going to happen and not react to it.

"We did that well and it will important we do it again here.

"I felt the lad should have gone before he was sent off. His elbow on Aaron McEneff was disgraceful. When you watch it back, he’s gone to do him.

"They left a few late ones on Jack. But Jack never responds to anything like that. He just gets on with his game.

"It will be no different tonight."

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