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AEK take on Omonia in big game of the weekend in Cyprus

Despite boasting a 100 per cent away record, AEK’s home form has been far from impressive, having picked up just four points out of a possible nine

By Iacovos Constantinou

THE big game in the Cyprus football championship this weekend takes place on Sunday and sees second-placed AEK take on Omonia in Larnaca.

Leaders APOEL are at home to Ethnikos Achnas while Apollon face unpredictable Doxa at the Tsirion stadium.

The four teams at the foot of the table are playing each other with bottom side Ayia Napa away to Ermis and Paralimni at home to AEL.

Despite boasting a 100 per cent away record, AEK’s home form has been far from impressive, having picked up just four points out of a possible nine.
The injury to AEK forward Nestoras Mitides in Thursday’s training session is coach Christiansen’s only injury concern ahead of the clash, with former Omonia player, Andre Alves, the obvious choice should the Cypriot striker fail to recover in time.

Omonia have conceded just one goal in their last six games with a lot of credit going to tough-tackling Romarik and defensive stalwart Gullon.
Omonia coach Kaiafas will be without Badibanga but Renato Margaca is back in the reckoning with Demetris Christophi expected to lead the attack for a second consecutive week.

Free-scoring APOEL should be able to take the three points against Ethnikos despite missing a number of key players.
In-form Efraim is definitely out with a hamstring strain while Sergio, Amorin and Soteriou have not completed a full training session this week and will most probably be excluded from the squad.

Ethnikos, with the second-worst defensive record in the league, need to shore up their defence if they hope to get anything out of their visit to Nicosia.
Goalkeeper Brooks, who joined Ethnikos a couple of weeks ago, will deputise for the injured Bogadinov for a second consecutive game.

Having been awarded the three points from their abandoned game against Anorthosis, Apollon have now moved to within just two points of second-placed AEK and are will be looking to keep up the pressure with a win against Doxa.

Doxa were dumped out of the cup by second division side ASIL last Wednesday and will need to improve dramatically to avoid another loss. Doxa tend to fare much better against the ‘big’ teams.

Bottom of the table Ayia Napa travel to the team just above them, Ermis, with both sides desperate for the three points.

A few kilometres away in Paralimni, Enosis take on AEL in another potential six-pointer. It will be the first game for AEL’s new coach Greek Makis Chavos.

In the final weekend game Paphos FC entertain Anorthosis while the match of the round will be played on Monday between Aris and Nea Salamina.

Saturday, October 31st:
Apollon v Doxa & Ermis v Ayia Napa (18.00, APOEL v Ethnikos (19.00), Paralimni v AEL (20.00)

Sunday, November 1st:
Paphos FC v Anorthosis (16.00), AEK v Omonia (18.00)

Monday, November 2nd:
Aris v Nea Salamina (19.00)

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