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Cyprus Cup 2nd round matches 23 January

The Cyprus Cup 2nd Round or the Last-16 continues today with 3 matches.

There are 14 teams left from which 10 are from the Cyprus 1st Division and 4 from the 2nd Division. There are still 6 ties that are undecided after Ermis and Apollon already booked their place in the quarter-finals. Today we will get two more teams progressing.

23 January

Karmiotissa vs Ethnikos Achna 14:30 Dimotiko Stadio Pano Polemidias

This is a 1st leg match and the only tie where both teams are from the 2nd Division. Ethnikos Achna has been the better team this season as they are 2nd in the league and fighting to earn promotion. The home side, Karmiotissa 7th already 11 points behind Ethnikos.

Despite Karmiotissa trailing Ethnikos, they are a very good home side. Most of Karmiotissa´s problems have been on the road and they will need a good score here to take to the 2nd leg. Karmiotissa is 5-2-1 at home this season losing only to ASIL Lysi.

Ethnikos Achna was for a long time undefeated in the 2nd Division, but two weeks ago they lost to AE Zakakiou away from home 2-1. That has been their only loss so far. They are the 2nd best away team in the league with a 4-3-1 record.

Prediction: The odds favour the visitors especially as promotion would be their main target this season. Double chance 1X is the main pick here.

FC Pafos vs Aris Limassol 17:00 Stadio Stelios Kyriakides (1-2 on aggregate)

This is the 2nd leg and this tie is far from over. 2nd Division team Aris Limassol surprised their visitors in the first leg, but FC Pafos is still the huge favourite to progress. FC Pafos has struggled in the league this season and the Cup will be their only chance to Europe (slim chance). They invested a lot of money on new players this season and so far with the exception of a couple of good performances, they have not delivered.

Aris Limassol is one of the better teams in the 2nd Division and still in the fight for the promotion that they really want. However their away form has been poor. Aris is 3-2-3 away from home in the 2nd division this season despite their defense playing well (only 6 goals conceded). Aris has an easy game on Sunday in the league so they can try and go for this game with their best line-up.

Prediction: FC Pafos to win by at least 2 goals.

Enosis 2-3 Anorthosis 18:00 Stadion Tasos Markou, Paralimni (3-2 on aggregate)

Enosis surprised in the first leg by coming back from 2-1 down to win it in the end 2-3 and giving them excellent chances to progress. The teams also met last weekend where Anorthosis won 2-0 and they will want a repeat performance to go through. Enosis is a better team at home than they are away having earned 11 our of their 13 points at the Tasos Markou. They even drew 1-1 with Anorthosis there earlier in the season.

Anorthosis really needs this win. They are in a difficult position in the league as they are already 10 points behind the Top-3 and Omonia who is 7th is only 4 points behind. The Cup could become their only chance to make it into Europe for next season. Anorthosis is an excellent away team as they have only lost one game away from home this season 3-4-1. Now they also need to get a win to progress which will be difficult.

Prediction: Anorthosis to win is the main pick but a small bet on Anorthosis to win by 2 or more goals also as they should go through from this tie.

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