By Iacovos Constantinou
Two games stand out in round 10 of the Cyprus football championship with second-placed AEK away to Anorthosis while leaders APOEL face their arch-rivals Omonia on Monday evening. Apollon have a home game against Ermis Aradippou while the two other Limassol teams, AEL and Aris, face difficult games away to Doxa Katokopias and Ethnikos Achnas respectively.
AEK will be looking to extend their perfect away record as they take on Anorthosis at the Ammochostos stadium. Home advantage will count for very little as the game will be played behind closed doors, with the visitors looking to take advantage of that.
AEK will be without Cypriot striker Nestoras Mitides for a second consecutive game but they have more than an able replacement in Brazilian Andre Alves who netted twice in his side’s previous outing against Omonia.
Vincent Laban, who spent five seasons as an Anorthosis player, is expected to make the starting line-up in place of Englezou.
Anorthosis will also have one key player missing as defender Nuhu is suspended. Janakakis is the likely replacement while coach Paous is also expected to drop Pele for Maisuradze to add some steel in midfield.
After a shaky start to the season Apollon pulled together in recent weeks and are unbeaten in their last five games.
Coach Pedro Emmanuel though will be without six players with Papoulis, Merkis and Thuram serving the first of their six-game bans. Pedro is suspended after accumulating four yellow cards while Chambos and Lopes are out injured.
New Ermis (third this season) coach Nicos Panayiotou has no such injury worries but his team needs to improve considerably if they are to get anything out of this game.
AEL have not lost away to Doxa in six years and their new coach Makis Chavos will be hoping this good run continues.
Doxa are a good footballing side and on their day can be a match for any team.
Aris travel to Achna to face Ethnikos. The Limassol team are in buoyant mood following three consecutive wins that lifted them into seventh place.
Ethnikos though will be a tough opponent as APOEL discovered last week.
In the last weekend game bottom side Ayia Napa take on much improved Paphos.
Saturday November 7th:
Ayia Napa vs Paphos FC, Apollon vs Ermis (17.00), Ethnikos vs Aris (18.00), Anorthosis vs AEK (19.00)
Sunday November 8th:
Doxa vs AEL (16.00), Nea Salamina vs Paralimni (18.00)
Monday November 9th:
Omonia vs APOEL (19.00)