The Cyprus football championship resumes this weekend following the international break for round seven of this year’s battle with a number of high-profile games, most notably the Omonia vs Anorthosis clash in Nicosia and two potential six-pointers on Sunday involving teams at the wrong end of the table, Anagennisi Deryneias vs Karmiotissa and Doxa against Ethnikos.
At the GSP stadium, Omonia take on struggling Anorthosis in a game that neither side can afford to lose.
Much-maligned Omonia coach John Carver will be looking to the return from injury of towering defender Marin Orsoulic to shore up his porous defence as, up front, Omonia have enough firepower to pierce any backline.
His counterpart at Anorthosis, Antonio Puche, has been targeted by supporters as one of the main reasons why Anorthosis are already 11 points off the top. However, players that the coach was relying on to make a difference, like Colunga and Rayos have yet to live up to their expectations.
In Deryneia, two first division newcomers will battle it out as Anagennisi take on Karmiotissa. Anagennisi are currently bottom of the table and they are already favourites for the drop. Karmiotissa meanwhile have done surprising well in recent games, culminating in a 3-0 thrashing of Ermis a couple of weeks ago.
In Armenian internationals Davit Manoyian and Taron Vοskanyan Karmiotssia has two players that can walk into the starting eleven of any first division side.
Doxa have had a very difficult schedule so far, playing all but one of the top six teams in their opening seven games.
On the other hand, Ethnikos’ only win came last week against the bottom club and, given that they have also been slapped earlier this week with a transfer ban (for two transfer periods) by UEFA, their first division status is under serious threat this year as well. Last year they avoided relegation in the very last game of the playoffs.
The two teams behind leaders AEK – Apoel and AEL – should prove too strong for AEZ of Zakaki and Nea Salamina respectively, while Apollon face a tricky away tie to the dangerous Ermis Aradippou.