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APOEL ready to be crowned champions

APOEL are on the brink of their third straight title and first back to back double following their Cup win in midweek

By Iacovos Constantinou

The Cyprus football championship comes to an end on Sunday with leaders APOEL needing just a point away to Ermis Aradippou to clinch the title.

Three teams – AEK, Apollon and Omonia – are level on points in second place, but with their European involvement guaranteed following APOEL’s midweek Cyprus Cup win, these games will be of little interest.

More than 4,000 APOEL fans are expected to travel to the Ammochostos stadium in Larnaca to see APOEL try and secure the point needed to win their third consecutive championship and first ever back to back league and cup ‘double’.

Few will bet against the Nicosia giants achieving their goal especially as their opponents, Ermis, released a host of first team players a few weeks back and have been fielding a largely inexperienced side with players as young as 15 getting some playing time.

APOEL’s stand-in coach Gustavo Manduca will be without Vinicius and Sergio who are suspended while winger Aloneftis is also set to miss out after picking up an injury in the cup final.

Germany’s Lanig is expected to replace Vinicius while Artymatas will probably slot in at the back.

Apollon, who were favourites for the title just a few weeks ago but imploded, will want to give their disappointed fans something to cheer about while Omonia impressed with their attacking play this season making for an exciting game.

AEK, perhaps the most entertaining team this season, can secure second place irrespective of the other results if they take all three points against Anorthosis at the GSZ stadium.

The remaining three (Group B games) are: AEL vs Nea Salamona, Doxa vs Ethnikos Achnas and Ayia Napa vs Othellos Athienou.

All group A games will be played on Sunday with the Group B ones played a day earlier. All six games begin at 17.00.

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