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Cyprus 1st Division previews: Sunday 3 February


Cyprus 1st Division previews Sunday 3 February: AEL face tough AEK test

Its Game Week 19 in the Cyprus 1st Division and on Sunday we have three matches. The big game is already the early one between AEL and AEK. In the other two, Nea Salamina is looking for more points to clinch a Top-6 spot away to Doxa and in the relegation battle Alki hosts Enosis.

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Sunday 3 February

AEL vs AEK 16:00 Tsirion Athlitiko Kentro, Limassol
2.60 – 3.30 – 2.60 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

These are the games where draws just wont do. AEL is in 3rd place just 2 points behind leaders APOEL and they still have a chance for that title. After a bad December, AEK is no longer fighting for the title but a win here could boost their Euro hopes and cut the deficit to AEL to only 6 points.

AEL beat AEK 0-1 in Larnaca but this match will be much more difficult. AEL has struggled against the top teams at home as all Anorthosis, Apollon and APOEL beat them to nil at their own stadium. AEL prefers playing away from home this season and its that poor form against top teams that can derail their championship bid.

AEK changed their head coach and their fortunes have changed. They have gotten their confidence back and the offense is better with it. They were always good defensively but now when they score, they look like a team who could have challenged for the title this season. They also acquired three new players in this transfer window and they will give even a bigger boost for the team.

Prediction:

AEK to win.

Doxa vs Nea Salamina 17:00 Makareio Stadium, Nicosia
3.15 – 3.25 – 2.20 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Nea Salamina has had a great season so far but these are the games that they are required to win, but somehow manage to lose. Omonia is 6 points away so one win might be enough to secure that they play with the Top-6 teams when the regular season ends. Doxa though will try to prevent it. Doxa lost their top scorer Sadik in January and their performances have taken a nose dive.

Doxa will struggle to score goals from now on as they are 0-7 in their last two games. They were tough to beat at home but this year their performances have been below par. They are a better team than their results would show, but they just need to get it together. This could be the game to do that.

Nea Salamina is 4-0-5 in their away games this season and sometimes they find it very difficult to score goals. Nea Salamina beat Doxa only 1-0 in the first game of the season and they might struggle to score again here.

Prediction:

Doxa to win and under 2.5 goals.

Alki vs Enosis 18:00 N. Papas Group Ammochostos-Epistrofi, Larnaca
2.40 – 3.35 – 2.80 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Alki has shown recently that they are good in defending when needed against the big teams, but they struggle a bit when they are supposed to be the dominant one. Enosis is still looking for their first away win of the season and they will need those if they wish to remain in this division.

Alki Oroklini got a well deserved 0-0 away draw against league leaders APOEL in their last game. They drew similarly with Anorthosis like that. But when they open up their game, then they get themselves into trouble and are vulnerable at the back. FC Pafos scored 3 goals against them at the Ammochostos stadium. This is another game where they are expected to hold the ball more.

Enosis went through in the Cyprus Cup by knocking out Anorthosis. That was not enough for them to beat AEL in their last match but this is a game that they can feel they have a chance to win. They have failed to score in their last 5 away games but they showed their potential when they beat Anorthosis 2-3 in the cup. They could do that here also.

Prediction:

Main pick is both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.



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