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AEK look to extend their winning run

AEK Larnaca are chasing their sixth consecutive win

For the 18th round of the football championship runaway leaders AEK Larnaca travel to Paralimni on Saturday to face Enosis while second placed Anorthosis are away to much improved Doxa Katokopias . APOEL face a tough trip to Limassol to take on Aris while AEL and Paphos FC clash in a relegation six pointer.

Having moved four points clear at the top AEK will be hoping to extend their winning run and record a sixth consecutive win for the first time in their history.

There are no new injury concerns for Danish coach Christiansen other than Seran Pollo and with the recent addition of Rosa to the squad he is spoilt for choice.

Enosis, on the other hand, have not registered a win in their last six games and are hungry for the points as they are currently just two points off the automatic relegation zone.

Up front Enosis have been scoring goals with relative ease but at the back they have been far more generous.

Coach Ronny van Geneugden will be hoping that recent signing (goalkeeper) Santini will help in shoring up his leaky defence.

Anorthosis finally paid the price for their poor performances in recent games dropping points against lowly Achna last week.

On Sunday they travel to the Makarion to play Doxa, a team that has proven, especially in their last victorious outing against APOEL, that they cannot be taken lightly.

Gabriel overcame his niggling injury and is available for selection by team coach Paous who has come under severe criticism in recent weeks for his team’s poor showing.

Despite banning three key players from the first team squad Doxa have not been affected and as they showed against APOEL they are more than capable of denting Anorthisis’ title aspirations as well.

At the Tsireion on Saturday AEL and Paphos FC clash with both looking to take the three points that will allow them to move away from the relegation zone .

Crisis hit APOEL have no other option but to win their tie against Aris on Saturday if they are to keep their slim title hopes alive.

Getspaia is expected to give a starting berth to January signing Milanov while the other January recruit Yianniotas expected to be included in the squad.

In Nicosia Omonia should have no problems in overcoming bottom of the table Ayia Napa while sixth placed Nea Salamina taken on much improved Ermis.

On Monday, third placed and much improved Apollon are away to tenth placed Ethnikos in a game that is expected to be closely contested despite the big difference in league positions.

Saturday: Omonia vs Ayia Napa & AEL vs Paphos FC (17.00), Paralimni vs AEK (18.00), Nea Salamina vs Ermis (19.00)

Sunday: Doxa vs Anorthosis (16.00), Aris vs APOEL (18.00)

Monday: Ethnikos vs Apollon (19.00)

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