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Cyprus Cup 19 April: AEL vs APOEL

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Cyprus Cup 19 April: AEL vs APOEL

AEL vs APOEL 18:00 Tsirion Athlitiko Kentro, Limassol
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The first leg ended 0-0 which means AEL will have to win this match either on regular time, extra time or on penalties to progress. APOEL just needs to score a goal and avoid losing to go through. That might not be easily done though.

AEL is 4th at the moment in the league but European Cup place is anything but guaranteed. They are 7 points behind AEK so climbing higher in the standings looks impossible with only 5 rounds left. That 3rd position would guarantee European Cup football so that looks a bit of a stretch. Fourth position would give European football if one of the teams above them wins the Cup. That 4th position though is not certain either as Omonoia is only 1 point behind them. Therefore this Cup is very important to them. If they can knock out APOEL, and get into the semifinals, they have a good chance to lift the Cup. The only team who is higher than them in the league is their city rivals Apollon. Both Doxa and Anorthosis are definitely teams that they can beat. AEL will still miss in this game Dosa Jr, Keravnos, Kyriakou, Vasiliou and Panteli.

APOEL wants to win the Cup but they do not need it to qualify for Europe. They will qualify through the league and as they lead the league with 4 points, the Champions League is their only goal. The Cup is more prestige but more importantly a win here would give them more confidence for the last games of the season. They need it as APOEL has struggled in their last few games. In their last 10 games in all competitions (League, Cup and UEL) they have won only 4, drawn 1 and lost 5 times, which is unheard of for APOEL. The injuries to key men like Vinicius, Efrem and Merkis have taken their toll and they have not been as effective they were earlier in the season. To make things more difficult, this match is played at the Tsirion where APOEL has played 4 times this season and losing 3 times, including last weekend to Apollon. Their only win came against poor Aris. APOEL will miss from this game Efrem, Aloneftis, Merkis and Embecilio. Vinicius has recovered from his injury but he was not included in the squad and will most likely return in their next league match against Anorthosis.

Prediction:

This looks like another low scoring game as long as there are not many goals in the first half. APOEL will want to score once to give them a buffer and then protect the lead. 1-1 draw looks like a likely result with APOEL progressing.

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