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Focus on top spot and relegation scraps

By Iacovos Constantinou

Only two rounds before the end of the football league season and there are still three teams in contention for the title and three other teams who are desperately trying to avoid relegation. Given the present league standings it’s highly unlikely that this round will prove decisive for either position but it can reduce the number of possible candidates.

Leaders AEL travel to Nicosia to face Omonia in a fixture they have not won since 2001! AEL know that they should avoid defeat at all costs and if this means settling for the point so be it. They need two points from their last two games to be crowned champions.

APOEL, the second title challengers entertain Anorthosis and anything other than a win almost surely signals the end of their title hopes. They will be without defender Marcelo Oliveira (suspended) and leading scorer Gustavo Manduca (injured) against a much improved Anorthosis who finally recorded their first win in three months last Wednesday.

Third placed Apollon still have a remote chance of the championship but second place seems a much more realistic target. Their coach has to solve their central defence crisis but up front Abraham has proven more than a worthy replacement for their leading marksman Gaston Sangoy.

Their opponent, Ermis Aradippou, has been playing poorly (with one notable exception against APOEL) since reaching the Cup final, but their chairman has promised their fans a performance to of the ‘past’.

In the relegation scramble Doxa Katokopias can secure their place in the top flight if they defeat fellow strugglers Aris at the Makarion stadium in Nicosia.

Following their win on Wednesday Ethnikos Achnas are hoping for at least a point in their away clash with group leaders Nea Salamina.

In the last game already relegated AEK from Kouklia entertain AEK from Larnaca in a game of little interest.

Group A: tomorrow at 6pm: Omonia (59) v AEL (78), Apollonas (73) v Ermis (59)

Group A: Sunday at 6pm: APOEL (75) v Anorthosis (41)

Group B: Sunday at 5pm: Nea Salamina (48) v Ethnikos Achnas (38),  Doxa (39) v Aris (37), AEK Kouklion (22) v AEK Larnaca (46)

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