By Iacovos Constantinou
The top four teams, separated by just six points, clash with each other this weekend as leaders APOEL take on third-placed Omonia and second-placed Apollon travel to Larnaca to play AEK. In the final top group game, Ermis Aradippou are hosts to Anorthosis.
APOEL and Omonia will renew their fierce rivalry for the sixth and final time this season in front of at least 15,000 fans at the GSP stadium on Saturday.
APOEL will be looking to shore up their defence after letting in three goals last week, if they are to take all three points against their bitter rivals.
Winter signing Lanig, who was fortunate not to be red carded last week, will be unavailable after picking up his fourth booking while Cillian Sheridan is struggling with a toe injury and is a major doubt.
Such is the importance of the game for the reigning champions that they have reduced ticket prices by half.
Omonia will enjoy nothing more than putting one over their arch-rivals as they have not tasted victory against them in their last ten encounters.
However in all but one of their five games this season, Omonia were the better team and could have won a game or two had their strikers not been wasteful in front of goal.
Towering Frenchman Gullon is back after suspension while Garcia and Rodri remain sidelined.
Ton Caanen, Apollon’s new coach, got off to terrible start as his team picked up just one point from a possible six. His side face AEK with at least five players out through injury, while Stojanovic may be added to the list if he fails a late fitness test.
AEK will have their captain Murillo out through suspension but their coach Christiansen has all other players available in this crucial match for both sides.
Indifferent Ermis are at home to Anorthosis and if the visitors can reach the same level of performance as they showed against APOEL they should be able to pick up the three points.
If results go in their favour (teams above them to lose) they may leapfrog into third place as only two points separate them from Omonia.
Three teams (AEL, Ethnikos, Nea Salamina) of the relegation group have secured their place in the top-flight while the other three – Othellos, Ayia Napa and Doxa – are still battling to avoid the drop.
Othellos are in the worst position though as they trail Ayia Napa and Doxa by five and six points respectively.
Anything other than a win away to Doxa on Sunday will almost certainly signal the end of Othellos’ escapades in the top-flight.
Ayia Napa are at home to AEL while the last game is between Nea Salamina and Ethnikos Achnas.
Saturday, May 2nd: APOEL vs Omonia & AEK vs Apollon
Sunday, May 3rd: Ermis vs Anorthosis, Doxa vs Othellos, Ayia Napa vs AEL & Ethnikos vs Nea Salamina
All games begin at 17.00