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Cyprus 1st Division previews: Anorthosis or Omonia out of the Top-6?


Cyprus 1st Division previews Sunday 17 February: Regardless of the court decision, Omonia needs a win today

Its Game Week 21 in the Cyprus 1st Division and on Sunday we have three matches. The biggest match of Saturday is between Anorthosis and Omonia at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium. A win for the visitors could still give them a chance to sneak into the Top-6. The other two games are AEL vs Nea Salamina at the Tsirion and Doxa vs Ermis at the Makareio stadium in Nicosia.

Sunday 17 February

Anorthosis vs Omonia 16:00 Stadio Antonis Papadopoulos, Larnaca
2.10 – 3.20 – 3.40 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

This is a huge match for both teams for the Top-6 spot. Depending on the court case, Anorthosis could potentially lose 9 points from their total. That would put them 3 points behind Omonia and out of the Top-6 position. A win for the hosts would still keep them ahead of the Nicosia giants. Even if the court does not deduct points from Anorthosis, Omonia still has a chance to get into the Top-6 but they need to win both of their remaining regular season games and hope that Nea Salamina does not.

Anorthosis has gotten two good wins without conceding any goals in their last two games. Despite all the heat that they have from the goalkeeper saga, they beat Apollon 1-0 and Nea Salamina 0-2 to keep their hopes of getting into Europe alive. They are playing good at the moment but losing the court battle could be a huge mental blow for them. This would mean most probably missing out of Europe for next season as they are already out of the Cup. Anorthosis is 5-2-3 at home this season.

Omonia has had a dreadful season so far and they do not deserve to be in the Top-6 after the regular season, but still somehow they have a chance. A win here against Anorthosis would be a big step towards it especially as Nea Salamina plays away against AEL the same day. Omonia was lucky to come back last week to get even a draw against Doxa at home, 2-2. Still it showed their problems in scoring goals. Most of their chances for long shots and they cannot get into the good goal scoring sectors until the opponent is in the lead and trying to defend with all their players. Omonia is 3-1-6 away from home and so far they have not showed anything that would make you think they can do better.

Prediction:

Anorthosis to win.

AEL vs Nea Salamina 17:00 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol
1.83 – 3.55 – 3.95 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

AEL has had to settle for two big draws in their last two games which has kept them 2nd in the league just 3 points behind leaders APOEL. Nea Salamina still needs points to keep Omonia behind them in the table and make it into the Top-6 after the regular season ends. They have a 3 points lead on them but in case the teams are tied, then Omonia has the advantage on H2H.

AEL has shown some grit and determination on staying in the top-3 all season. Their team might not have as many big players as their main rivals APOEL and Apollon, but they play extremely well as a team and they are balanced. They have had only 3 bad games this season where the structure of their team was not there. Against Apollon (0-3), against Anorthosis (0-3) and against their opponent today, Nea Salamina. They lost in Larnaca to them deservedly 4-1. This is something they will want to avoid today, but the style of play of Nea Salamina could be very dangerous to AEL. Will the debutant head coach Kerkez be able to find ways to eliminate their opponents threats or will he again just try to play his own game?

Nea Salamina is not playing as well as they did at the start of the season but still they are good enough to be in the Top-6 and it would be a shame if they missed out. They lost to Anorthosis in their last game even though they did generate enough chances to get something in that game. They need to have better finishing here to get anything from AEL. Nea Salamina is 4-1-5 away from home this season. From the other Top-6 teams, they have lost to Apollon, Anorthosis and APOEL but they did beat AEK away from home this season.

Prediction:

Nea Salamina to win as a surprise pick.

Doxa vs Ermis 18:00 Makareio Stadium, Nicosia
1.66 – 3.80 – 4.70 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Is this the time when Ermis starts winning. The bottom club has played 11 games without a win in the league and are 7 points from safety. This is a match they can win and close the gap a bit and they know it. Doxa is 10 points ahead of them as 8th but still even Doxa is only 3 points ahead of the relegation zone they need a win also.

Doxa has not been that good this season. They have a couple of good results but overall the balance is not there and moments of magic can follow bad errors that cost them goals. This inconsistancy can happen even during a single game like it did against Omonia where they lost a 0-2 lead to finish the game 2-2 in the last 10 minutes. Doxa is 3-2-5 at home and they have not won in their last 4 games. The overall quality is slightly better than Ermis´s but still they cannot be trusted to be a big favourite in any match.

Ermis did not play too badly against FC Pafos on Monday but still they cannot score goals. They got lucky even to score once against them. Their defense needs to improve if they are to have any chance of safety this season. They are the worst away team in the league with 1-1-8 record but still you would not think that they are this bad as the standings would show. There is some quality in this team. The head coach just needs to get it out.

Prediction:

Ermis X2 double chance.



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