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Leaders AEK face champions APOEL in big clash in Cyprus

The game of the round will take place at the GSP stadium where leaders AEK travel to Nicosia to take on third-placed APOEL

By Iacovos Constantinou

Due to the Christmas holidays, the 16th round of the Cyprus football championship has been brought forward with three games being played on Tuesday and the remaining three 24 hours later.

Undoubtedly the tie of the round will take place at the GSP stadium where leaders AEK travel to Nicosia to take on third-placed APOEL.

The GSP stadium has been a good hunting ground for AEK as they have not lost to the incumbent champions in their last five visits, winning two and drawing three games.

This, coupled with the fact that AEK are unbeaten in their last eight games, makes them favourites to extend their unbeaten run in Nicosia.
There are no injury concerns for coach Christiansen, apart from Victor who is expected to be out for another couple of months.

APOEL coach Ketsbaia has been given a massive injury boost with both Astiz and Soteriou back in contention after recovering from injuries but de Vincenti is still suspended, while Bosnian midfielder Stilic seems to be losing the battle to be fit for the crucial game.

APOEL will be pinning their hopes on Brazilian attacking midfielder Vander (formerly of AEK) to regain his early season form that caused mayhem in opposing defences.

In the other two games on Tuesday Aris are at home to Paphos FC while Doxa Katokopias entertain Omonia at the Makarion stadium.

APOEL vs AEK (17.00), Aris vs Paphos FC (18.00), Doxa Katokopias vs Omonia (19.00)

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