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Cyprus 1st Division preview: APOEL vs AEK to start a great Saturday


Cyprus 1st Division previews Saturday 16 February: Can AEK get back into the title fight by beating APOEL?

Its Game Week 21 in the Cyprus 1st Division and on Saturday we have three matches. The biggest match of Saturday is between APOEL and AEK at the GSP. A win for the visitors could open the door for them to the title fight. The other two games are Enosis vs FC Pafos at the Tasos Markou and Alki vs Apollon at the Ammochostos stadium in Larnaca.

Saturday 16 February

APOEL vs AEK 17:00 GSP Stadium, Nicosia
1.66 – 3.65 – 4.90 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

This is a big match for both teams. APOEL struggled a bit in their recent matches but are still top of the league with 45 points. AEK Larnaca is 4th, ten points behind the leaders. The title fight has been almost all season between APOEL, AEL and Apollon, but a win here for the visitors could open the back door for the newly resurrected AEK.

APOEL has struggled in their last 3 games earning only 4 points from Alki, Pafos and Enosis. These were teams that they were supposed to win easily, especially as they played two of those matches at home. Surprisingly their struggles that they had earlier in the season about breaking down bottom half defensive teams were back again in these games. AEK will be a different story though as despite them being the best defensive team in the league, they will also attack more which will open some more chances for APOEL. Not sure though if they will be able to take advantage of those chances. They still miss a clear goalscorer that other top teams have.

AEK looks like a new team. They no longer play two games a week and their older players are a bit more rested. Also the change in manager has helped them find their offensive play again. They have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 games and have earned 10 points from those games with goal difference 10-0. They look like a team they were for the past two seasons. Organised, skilful midfield with strikers able to score goals. Their away form is not the best though with 4-3-3. Last season the away form cost them and it might be the case here also.

Prediction:

Main pick is under 2.5 goals. APOEL is struggling with goals and AEK has excellent defense and they will not open up the way Apollon did when they played here.

Enosis vs FC Pafos 18:00 Stadio Tasos Markou, Paralimni
2.60 – 3.25 – 2.60 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Out of 12 teams, two teams will be relegated. Pafos is now 9th just one point ahead of Enosis who are tied for the last relegation spot with Alki. Because of this, the match is very important. These teams will also meet in the Cyprus Cup quarterfinals that start next week so the teams will get to know each other well before the month ends.

Newly promoted Enosis has not had the best season, but at home they have been able to challenge any team in this league. They have problems in scoring goals though and this has caused them to have only one win and four losses from their last five games. In these five games, they only scored 3 goals. Enosis is 3-2-5 at home this season, but their last 5 home games have gone 0-1-4. Since their 2-1 win over AEK Larnaca, they have only managed 2 goals at home and only 1 point against Omonia. To be fair though, out of those 4 losses, three were against the Top-3 teams.

FC Pafos are in really good form as they have won their last three games in the league (Omonia, APOEL, Ermis). They are now playing at a level we expected them to be before the season started. With just a bit better start to the season and if they would have not used an illegible player in their match against AEK, they could still be fighting for a Top-6 spot this season. Their away form though is poor 2-2-6, but with the win over APOEL in their last away game, you could say that it is improving. Their biggest opponent is theirselves as they seem to play really well against the top team, but against bottom half teams, the level is not the same. They have a good chance to earn success in the Cup this season and maybe even get into Europe. It might be too difficult to motivate their players to these league games.

Prediction:

Enosis draw no bet

Alki Oroklini vs Apollon 19:00 N. Papas Group Ammochostos-Epistrofi Larnaca
11.50 – 5.80 – 1.21 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Apollon is still in the court battle with Anorthosis to get their 3 points from the match that they lost 2-0. This could still affect them mentally and they cannot afford that as they are already 4 points behind APOEL at this point. The lost to Anorthosis and drew with city rivals AEL and this is now a must win for them. Alki has struggled again in scoring goals and their defense has not been enough in recent games so they have dropped to 11th position. This might not be their main opponent to fight relegation but every point helps.

Apollon has a good offense, but it has been their finishing that has let them down in recent games. They still create many chances in games, but the forwards have not put them away. This needs to improve if Apollon wants to climb over their opponents for the title. They cannot think too much about the court decision which could give them the 3 points. The fact is that they were beaten fair and square against Anorthosis. All they can do is to try to do better. Apollon is only 5-3-2 away from home this season which means that they have only won half of their games. They need to improve this and against Alki they have a good chance.

Alki Oroklini has only gotten 3 points from their last 6 games and no wins during this time. Despite this poor form, they did get a couple of really good 0-0 results against Anorthosis and APOEL. That seems to be though the best they can get from these games. Also they only managed to get the point since the offense that Anorthosis and APOEL have this seasons is very inconsistent. Against teams with solid offense, they have not managed to keep a clean sheet. AEL scored 3 and AEK 2 against them recently. Apollon also has good offense, so no points expected to the home team who are 2-2-6 so far this season at the Ammochostos stadium.

Prediction:

Apollon to win by exactly 2 goals.



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