By Iacovos Constantinou
With three more rounds to go before the end of the Cyprus championship, leaders APOEL travel to Limassol to face Apollon in what may prove to be a title-deciding game.
Elsewhere, Omonia entertain Anorthosis in a match where both teams need the three points, while AEK seem to have the easier task of the top teams as they face Ermis Aradippou at home.
APOEL will be travelling to Limassol without their fans as the club rejected their ticket allocation after it was decided that the safety of their fans and all others involved in the game was of much greater importance than a packed football stand.
APOEL need four points at the very most from their last three games to clinch the title for the third consecutive year and a draw against their nearest rivals will almost certainly seal it.
They will be without the suspended Riise and probably the injured Sheridan but otherwise German coach Fink has a plethora of players to choose from.
Nippy winger Aloneftis seems to be back to his best and may be given a starting spot while Brazilian Kaka may step in for his compatriot Carlao who has been in poor form of late.
Apollon know that should they fail to defeat APOEL their season will end disappointingly with no silverware.
Their Dutch coach Caanen will be without a number of key players especially in attack, with Sangoy suspended and Guie and Thuram unlikely to be selected as they are both nursing injuries.
Cypriot striker Kolokoudias, a January signing from Ayia Napa, is the likely candidate to take a position up front for the Limassol team.
The game in Nicosia between Omonia and Anorthosis is also crucial as just one point separates the two teams in fourth and fifth place respectively. A fourth-place finish may lead to a European qualifying spot under certain circumstances.
Omonia’s coach Kaiafas seems to enjoy playing against Anorthosis as in five encounters so far, he has registered four wins and just one defeat.
Both sides will have a number of key players unavailable for the game with Omonia hardest hit as their most influential player, Nuno Assis, is suspended.
In the final top group game, AEK should take all three points against Ermis and hope that APOEL lose to Apollon so that they can keep their slim hopes for the
championship alive for yet another week.
In the bottom group, Othellos Athienou seem destined for the drop as they trail the team above them, Doxa, by six points.
Anything other than a win against Nea Salamina on Sunday will see them relegated two games before the end of the season.
Saturday, May 9th: AEK vs Ermis, Omonia vs Anorthosis, AEL vs Ethnikos
Sunday, May 10th: Apollon vs APOEL, Ayia Napa vs Doxa, Nea Salamina vs Othellos
All games kick-off at 17.00