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Cyprus Cup 2nd Round matches 2 January

The Cyprus Cup 2nd Round or the Last-16 starts today with 4 matches.

There are 16 teams left from which 11 are from the Cyprus 1st Division and 5 from the 2nd Division. The teams will play home and away to determine which 8 teams will go on to the quarter finals.

2 January

Anorthosis vs Enosis 15:30 Stadio Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca

Anorthosis is the team in form and this match is important to them. They have a somewhat realistic chance of winning the cup and it would give them another way into Europe. They are in the fight to be in the Top-4 in the league but getting into Europe through their is not guaranteed.

Anorthosis has also found their form as they are now 8 games unbeaten (6W 2D) in all competition. Enosis has played a couple of good games recently at least defensively but still they are the worst away team in the Cyprus 1st Division with only 1 point and 2 goals from their seven away games so far.

Prediction: Anorthosis to win by at least 2 goals.

APOEL vs Doxa 17:00 GSP Stadium, Nicosia

The last time these two teams met at the GSP Stadium, Doxa was the surprise winner 2-5 earlier this season. This will not happen again as APOEL is now a much stronger side as Doxa is slipping closer to the relegation battle in the league.

The Cup is not that important to APOEL as they always fight for the title and will definitely be among the Top-3 teams to make it into the Europe, but still they will not want to get knocked out at this stage. They also have a score to settle against Doxa so a win would be important despite that they have to play without their key offensive player Al-Tamari who is in the Asian games with Jordan. Doxa played well in the last season´s Cup but they did not face any big teams then at this stage.

Prediction: Under 3.5 goals.

Ermis vs Asil Lysi 18:00 N. Papas Group Ammochostos-Epistrofi, Larnaca

Ermis has had an awful season so far and the confidence in the team is low. A lot of changes is expected in the team so the players are truly playing for their jobs. ASIL Lysi is a team who can surprise. They are a team that we expect will be playing in the Cyprus 1st Division in a few years.

Prediction: Both teams to score and ASIL Lysi +1.5 goals.

Apollon vs Omonia 18:00 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol

This is the big match of this round. These teams usually meet each other in the Cup final and not so early stage. Apollon is the big favourite but their performances have not been the best lately. They have struggled in defense with several teams able to take advantage of their offensive play and weakness in defending set pieces. Apollon has been in the last three cup finals winning two of them so they like to win this competition. This year though the title in the league is the most important for them.

The Cup is very important for Omonia. They started the season with high hopes but their league performances have been poor. The Cup seems to be their best chance to get into Europe for next season. Because of this, they can surprise here.

Prediction: Both teams to score.

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