By Nemanja Bjedov
IN-FORM Apollon are aiming to record their 12th victory in 17 league games when they visit Alki in Larnaca on Saturday at 6pm, while Anorthosis take on Doxa Katokopia three hours earlier looking for revenge after a 2-1 home defeat earlier in the season.
Christakis Christoforou’s team is currently two points behind league leaders AEL and they will definitely be looking for another quick goal away from home to set the game on the desired course, after they dismantled Omonia 4-2 last weekend at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.
The Limassol outfit is the best team away from home as they have claimed 19 points from the eight games they have played outside the Tsirion Stadium.
Dan Alexa and Toni Calvo are not available for selection for Anorthosis coach Jorge Costa and he will have to find replacements for the duo, as well as his prolific striker Roberto Colautti, who might miss the match at the Makarios Stadium as he nurses a minor injury. He will probably be given a late fitness test to determine his availability.
AEK Larnaca, who are on four-game unbeaten run, are making the short trip to Paralimni where they will take on Enosis at the Tasos Markou Stadium on Saturday (4pm).
Sunday afternoon (3pm) sees AEL host Omonia in what should be the most interesting game of the weekend, with a lot of speculation surrounding AEL’s Portuguese striker Orlando Sa’s status at the club.
“The player does not want to leave and he will be available for selection,” said AEL coach Ivaylo Petev, who denied an interest in the player from PAOK who are said to be trying to sign the league’s top scorer for a one million euro fee. The Greek side is apparently ready to meet AEL’s demands, but if the transfer goes through, 20 per cent of the fee will go to FC Porto, as stipulated in the player’s contract.
At 5pm, AEK Kouklion host Ermis Aradippou, just a few days after they eliminated them from the national cup, but it is expected that this will be a different game unless AEK goalkeeper Charalambos Kairinos displays his top form yet again.
Defending champions APOEL take on Nea Salamina, who have appointed ex-Omonia coach Neophytos Larkou and this is will be his first game in charge, in the capital at 6pm.
In the final Round 17 game, Ethnikos Achnas meet Aris Limassol on Monday night at the Dasaki Stadium in Achna.