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Cyprus Cup 2nd Round matches 16 January

The Cyprus Cup 2nd Round or the Last-16 continues today with 5 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.

16 January

Anorthosis vs Enosis 16:00 Stadio Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca

This is a 1st leg match as the first game got post poned due to rain. The weather is very wet again in Cyprus, but the match should go on. After 8 games unbeaten run, Anorthosis lost to APOEL during the weekend 4-0. The numbers are a bit too favourable for APOEL as Anorthosis had their own chances in the game. Enosis is the worst away team in the Cyprus 1st division having earned only 2 draws so far in 8 games. Enosis will play against Anorthosis again at this stadium during the weekend and for them the league is much more important.

Prediction: Anorthosis to win by at least 2 goals.

ASIL Lysi vs Ermis 17:00 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca (0-3 on aggregate)

This is the 2nd leg and this tie seems to be over with Ermis leading 0-3 already after the 1st leg. ASIL Lysi is one of the better teams in the 2nd Division, but it will be difficult for them to turn this tie. Ermis is the bottom club in the 1st Division and the league is more important for them, but they are improving. They got some new players in the squad and their performances should improve. Ermis should rotate, but this will give the new players a chance to make their mark with the team.

Prediction: Ermis to win with both teams to score.

Aris vs FC Pafos 17:00 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol

Aris Limassol is fighting for promotion in the 2nd Division and that should be the most important for them, but they did already knock out one 1st Division team in the first round, Alki Oroklini. FC Pafos has lost a couple of times in the league, but overall they should be a lot stronger than Aris. Pafos should go through but Aris can surprise in this first leg.

Prediction: Both teams to score and 1X

Omonia vs Apollon 17:00 GSP Stadium, Nicosia (0-1 on aggregate)

This will be the 3rd time this year that these two teams meet. Apollon has so far won both of the games at home in the Cup and in the league by 1 goal. Now Omonia can avenge at home, but it will be difficult as Omonia has only beaten Apollon once in their last 9 home games against them. Apollon will want to win the league this season, but they do not plan on dropping out of the Cup at this stage yet.

Prediction: Apollon to win to nil.

Nea Salamina vs AEK Larnaca 18:30 N. Papas Group Ammochostos-Epistrofi, Larnaca

Nea Salamina has been the bogey team for AEK for a couple of seasons already. This season Nea Salamina drew their home game and beat them at the AEK Arena in the league. Nea Salamina is in better form also as AEK has not won a game since 29th of November. That is 9 games without a win. This also resulted in AEK manager Iraola to leave his post. A change in management could possibly boost this team who are the defending Cup champions. AEK is not ready yet to get knocked out.

Prediction: AEK to win.

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