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Arch-rivals’ clash heads weekend fixtures

By Iacovos Constantinou

Championship leaders APOEL face arch-rivals Omonia in the weekends top fixture while second placed Apollon travel to the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium to face Anorthosis on Monday. Elsewhere AEK are expected to return to winning ways against Doxa Katokopias while Ermis entertain Ethnikos Achnas.

Despite being eight points clear of Omonia APOEL will have to dig deep to be able to overcome their bitter ‘enemies’ on Sunday afternoon at GSP stadium.

APOEL will be without their captain Charalambides while Argenitinian Tomas de Vincenti pulled out of Friday’s practice session with a slight abdominal strain and is doubtful for Sundays game.

This may force APOEL’s coach Donis to change his plans as the Argentinian was expected to return to the starting line-up following his impressive second half performance against Barcelona last Tuesday.

APOEL’s star studded forward line has been unable to find the net in the last two domestic games.
No such worries for Omonia’s Kaiafas as his 30 year old striker from Benin, Pote, cannot stop scoring, netting 8 of his team’s 11 goals.

Oucha and Serginio are out through injury while Economides hopes to retain his place and prove wrong his old club APOEL for allowing him to leave.

Apollon face a tricky away tie against a resurgent Anorthosis on Monday. The Famagusta team has improved immensely in recent weeks and has gradually edged up the table to be just a point off third place.

Seran and promising young striker Yacovenko are unlikely to feature for the home side as they did not manage to overcome their injuries.

Apollon will be without their influential Greek forward Papoulis who injured himself against FC Zurich last Thursday but captain Merkis is expected to lead his team against Anorthosis.

Third placed Ermis Aradippou should be able to record their sixth win against Ethnikos Achnas and consolidate their position in the top half of the league.

AEL’s new coach Christoforou will be hoping to record his team’s first win under his guidance against newly promoted Othellos Athienou. AEL have not won in a month and a win will be a huge tonic for their disillusioned fans.

Othellos may be without their star player Grigalasvili while another three players will face late fitness tests.

In the weeks curtain raiser Ayia Napa taken on fast faltering Nea Salamina with both sides in urgent need of a win while AEK are expected to beat Doxa Katokopias who seem to have taken their slot in the relegation zone early on in the season.

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