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Cyprus 1st Division previews: Sunday 20 January

Cyprus 1st Division previews Sunday 20 January: Can AEL stop APOEL´s winning streak?

There are three matches in the Cyprus 1st Division on Sunday with the big game starting already at 16

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Sunday 20 January

AEL vs APOEL 16:00 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol
1.50 – 3.95 – 6.00 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

AEL is at the moment APOEL´s closest challenger for the top spot with just 1 point behind. When these two teams met earlier in the season, AEL earned a 0-0 away draw. That was the time when APOEL had just changed their head coach and were all over the place. Now APOEL is on a 8-game winning streak when all competitions are considered and are back on track to claim their 7th consecutive title.

AEL is not in the same form as they were at the start of the season. Their defense started to let in goals after the 0-3 loss to rivals Apollon. From that date they have conceded 17 goals in 8 games. In the first 8 games they had concede only 2. Still they managed to win 5 of those 8 games due to their great offense. AEL has failed to score only in 3 games this season. In that 0-0 draw with APOEL and in two 0-3 losses at home to Apollon and Anorthosis. AEL is 6-0-2 at home this season.

The change in head coach was a smart move by the APOEL board. Italian Tramezzani has been exactly what APOEL needed. He made the defense solid again and has been tactically better than his counterparts in other teams. Still the team is not as good as they have been over the years, but they have still managed to get the results. APOEL has won their last 6 games in a row and scored 19 goals in those games. In the first 10 games they only managed 18 goals. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and they only conceded 4 goals in those. They are still missing their best player Al-Tamari in offense and they do not create as many chances, but still they are now a lot more efficient in front of goal, which was clear to see in their 4-0 win over Anorthosis last weekend.

Prediction:

Both teams to score – No is the main pick. APOEL to win to nil is another pick.

Alki Oroklini vs FC Pafos 17:00 N. Papas Group Ammochostos-Epistrofi, Larnaca
2.65 – 3.10 – 2.65 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Alki Oroklini has dug themselves out of a bad start and despite losing to AEL in their last game, they are still 5 points ahead of bottom club Ermis. FC Pafos has played some good games recently but losses to Nea Salamina and AEL have kepth them behind Alki in the standings.

Alki has conceded 32 goals this season which is by far the most in the league, but in their last six games which gave them 10 points, they only conceded 7 goals anymore. The biggest difference though has been in their goal scoring as in those 6 games, they found the net 9 times. In the 10 games prior to that they only scored 4 times. They are 2-1- 5 at home so far this season, but they did beat FC Pafos 0-1 earlier in the season.

FC Pafos has so much more potential than what the standings are showing, but they seem to give their best performances against the big teams but usually that is enough only for a draw or a narrow loss. Against the other not big-6 teams they are 1-0-5 this season. Four of their last 6 matches are against the Bottom-6 so they still have a chance to improve this record. Pafos is 1-2-5 this season away from home with their only win coming against Omonia.

Prediction:

Alki Oroklini draw no bet is the main pick. Under 2.5 goals is another.

Anorthosis vs Enosis 18:00 Stadio Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca
1.29 – 5.10 – 8.75 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

The odds for the home side are quite low considering that these two teams met in the cup on Wednesday at this same stadium and Enosis came from 2-1 down to win the first leg 2-3. You would expect the league to go a bit differently as Enosis is still without an away win this season.

Anorthosis beat AEL in Limassol 0-3 just before christmas and everything look great, but in the two matches this year they have failed to score any goals drawing 0-0 at home with Alki and losing 4-0 to APOEL in their last match. Their performances lack consistency, especially with their attackers. Anorthosis is 3-2-3 at home this season and they have failed to score a goal only twice. In their home opener against AEL and in their last match against Alki. At the same time though, they have only kept two clean sheets at home.

Enosis has only gotten 2 points from their away games this season, but their Wednesday´s cup win will give them a boost. Especially gratifying were the 3 goals that they scored as Enosis has only scored 2 goals away from home this season and have played 4 away games in a row without scoring.

Prediction:

Enosis might struggle again here, but both managers will want a better defensive display so main pick is under 2.5 goals.

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