There is a full midweek fixture list in the Cyprus football championship before a two-week break for the holidays with two big games involving four of the five teams at the top.
Leaders Anorthosis take on champions Apoel at the Antonis Papadopoulos while fifth-placed AEL entertain second-placed AEK at the Tsirion stadium in Limassol.
The final team in the top five, Apollon, have a tough away game against Ermis Aradippou.
Anorthosis, one of the two teams along with Apollon who have yet to taste defeat in the league, leapfrogged AEK into top spot last weekend and will be aiming for their 11th win that will keep them in pole position going into the new year.
Rony Levy’s team has surpassed all expectations this season. He has relied heavily on eight players, something that is evident on the pitch as his team is robust and extremely well-organised.
Against Apoel though Levy will be unable to call upon the services of Croatian defender Gordon Schildenfeld who is suspended for the game. The Croat has been one of the main reasons why Anorthosis conceded just nine goals so far, the second best defensive record in the league.
Levy will either introduce youngster Artymatas to partner Douglas Ferreira at the back or move his versatile captain Joao Victor from midfield to fill the vacant spot.
Apoel have their own defensive problems to contend with. Their centre-back Jesus Rueda and right-back Zhivko Milanov have both been ruled out for the rest of the season while tGreek coach Giorgos Donis will be hoping that his other regular centre-back, Carlao, is passed fit for the game.
AEL and AEK were unexpectedly held to draws last weekend against Doxa and Ermis respectively and will want to bounce back with a win.
It should be an interesting game, especially as AEL boast the meanest defence while their opponents have netted 36 goals so far, second only to Apollon by a single goal.
On paper Apollon’s fixture against Ermis seems relatively easy but in their corresponding first round game the Limassol side had to work really hard and took the three points thanks to two goals in added time, having been behind twice.
Two teams that will battle until the end of the season to avoid relegation, Olympiakos and bottom-placed Ethnikos Achnas meet at the Makarion stadium while Nicosia’s sleeping giants Omonia hope to kick-start their season against Pafos FC.
Elsewhere, struggling Nea Salamina are at home to sixth-placed Doxa Katokopias while another team in the danger zone Aris, are in urgent need of the three points against Alki.
Wednesday: Olympiakos vs Ethnikos (5.00), AEL v AEK (6.00), Anorthosis v Apoel (7.00)
Thursday: Salamina v Doxa (5.00), Aris v Alki (6.00), Ermis v Apollon & Omonia v Pafos FC @ 7.00