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AEL vs Anorthosis the big match today – Cyprus 1st division previews 23 December

Cyprus 1st Division previews 23 December

This is the final round before the winter break. The big match today is between AEL and Anorthosis.

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Sunday 23 December

AEL vs Anorthosis 16:00 Stadio Tsirio, Limassol
2.10 – 3.25 – 3.40 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

League leaders AEL are hoping to earn the double against Anorthosis, but it will not be easy as Anorthosis has found their form and moved to 5th position. They are again challenging for a Europa Cup spot this season.

AEL has won three games in a row and are proving to be a proper challenger for the title. They will have some worry in their defense though. They have conceded 15 goals this season, but 13 of those have come in the last 5 matches. Luckily for them their offense is much improved from previous seasons as they have been scoring with an average of 2 goals per game. AEL has been a good home team with 5 wins and 1 loss so far this season. That only loss came at the hands of city rivals Apollon. In the 5 matches that they won, they scored at least 2 goals in each.

Anorthosis has found their own form as they are now 6 games undefeated (4W 2 D). This rise of form has come together with their ability to score goals. Out of their 17 goals this season, 11 of those have come in those last 6 games. Despite their poor form at the start of the season, they are still the only team in the league who have not lost away from home yet (2W 4D). One of those away wins came at this same stadium when they earned a big 1-2 win against Apollon.

Prediction:

Both teams struggle defensively but are capable of scoring so the main pick is both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.

Alki Oroklini vs Doxa 17:00 N. Papas Group Ammochostos-Epistrofi, Larnaca
3.00 – 3.50 – 2.15 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Alki Oroklini has seen a huge improvement in recent weeks especially offensively but they are still 11th in the league. Doxa has gotten some big results this season but overall they are very inconsistent. They are currently on 8th position.

Alki has had big problems in scoring goals this season. They have scored 10 goals so far which is the lowest amount in the league, but they did put past 4 goals against Ermis in the last game. They also scored 2 against Nea Salamina and 2 against APOEL. It seems that they either fail to score (8 times) or they score a bunch. Alki lost to Doxa 4-0 in the first round and they will want to avenge that. It will not be easy as Alki beat Doxa only once last season, losing three times. Alki will miss from this match suspended Trajchevski (9/0).

Doxa has beaten APOEL this season and earned a draw with Apollon, but those are basically the only highlights. They started their season better last season even if they did not beat the big teams. They were very strong against bottom clubs which they have not been doing this season. Away from home they have only gotten 4 points from a win against APOEL and a draw against Ermis. Offensively they have been great as they have scored 21 goals which is the 4th highest, but defensively they have conceded 23 goals which is the 4th highest in the league. Doxa has all players available.

Prediction:

Doxa has generally dominated between these two teams. Away win by at least 2 goals to look for high odds.

Enosis vs Omonia Nicosia 18:00 Stadio Tasos Markou, Paralimni
3.50 – 3.50 – 2.00 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Omonia is looking to bounce back after their derby loss to APOEL, but newly promoted Enosis is not easy to be beaten at home where they have lost only twice this season.

Enosis Neon Paralimni is like a different team at home (3-1-2) than away (0-1-6). At Tasos Markou they have only lost their opening game to Nea Salamina 3-5 and their last home game against Apollon 0-2. That match against Apollon was their only match this season where they did not score a goal at home. In fact that and the Anorthosis 1-1 draw were the only games where they did not score at least twice. That is huge difference to their away form where they have scored only 2 times in seven games. Alki will be without injured Ekiza, Andreou, Kosma and the suspended Hambardzyuman (11/1) and Kolokoudias (9/0).

Omonia has been very inconsistent this season but there are signs that it is improving. They have earned seven points in their last five games which included losses 2-1 losses to AEL and APOEL. Even in those losses they played well and could have taken something. The big difference has been that they have been hitting the target. They have now scored at least one goal in six consecutive games. On the down side, they have only managed to keep one clean sheet in those six games. Omonia will be without injured injured Gomez (13/6), Loe (2/0), Manrique (7/0), Christofi (6/1), Greenidge (1/0), while Panayi and Lora (9/0) are suspended.

Prediction:

Omonia might struggle here with Enosis normally good at home. Double chance 1X Enosis is the main pick.

 

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