By Iacovos Constantinou
THERE is a full mid-week fixture list in the Cyprus football championship with five games being played on Wednesday and two more on Thursday.
Undoubtedly, the most intriguing tie is the one between fifth-placed Anorthosis and third-placed APOEL at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium in Larnaca.
Both teams cannot afford to drop any more points as they are already trailing leaders AEL by nine and six points respectively.
Anorthosis will be without two of their most skillful players, Gonzalo Garcia and Calvo, while APOEL will be missing their top scorer Gustavo Manduca, all out through injury.
Leaders AEL take on Aris in a Limassol derby and should have few problems in recording their 15th win and increasing their lead at the top for at least 24 hours.
AEK Kouklion, level on points with Aris, will be hoping to defeat already doomed Alki and move three points clear from their fellow strugglers.
Omonia entertain Doxa Katokopias at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and anything other than a win for the home side will be considered a disaster. Struggling Nea Salamina will have a tough task to get all three points against AEK Larnaca who have shown considerable improvement in recent weeks.
Thursday sees second-placed Apollonas at home to Ethnikos Achnas and Ermis taking on Enosis Neon Paralimniou. Ethnikos have impressed in their last couple of games, especially against Ermis Aradippou and Apollonas will not have an easy task.
Ermis welcome back five players from suspension and should prove too strong for the Paralimni outfit.
Wednesday: Alki-AEK Kouklion (15.00), Nea Salamina-AEK Larnaca (16.00), Omonia-Doxa Katokopias (18.00), Anorthois-APOEL (19.00), Aris-AEL (19.00)
Thursday: Apollon-Ethnikos Achnas (19.00), Ermis Aradippou-Enosis Neon Paralimniou (19.00)