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Cyprus 1st Division previews: Will Omonia snatch a Top-6 spot?


Cyprus 1st Division previews Saturday 23 February: Can Omonia get at least a point to secure a top-6 spot?

Its Game Week 22 in the Cyprus 1st Division and on Saturday we have three matches. The biggest match of Saturday is between Omonia and AEL who both need points, Omonia to finish in the Top-6 and AEL for the title fight. The other two matches are FC Pafos vs Doxa and Ermis vs Anorthosis.

Saturday 23 February

FC Pafos vs Doxa 17:00 Stadio Stelio Kyriakides, Paphos
2.10 – 3.50 – 3.15 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Both of these teams will play in the relegation playoffs league but as you can take points from the regular season in there, this is important. There are two teams who will be relegated so both need more points to secure 1st Division football for next season. Pafos is currently 9th just 2 points ahead of the relegation zone and Doxa is just above them with 20 points. The first match between the teams ended 3-2 for Doxa.

FC Pafos is the in-form team out of the two as they have not lost in their last five games in the league (3-2-0). Especially at home they have been good recently with 4-1-1 in their last 6 home games. They have quality players but most of the time they play on a high level only against the big teams. Against other bottom half team they have struggled a bit. Pafos is 2-4-3 against other bottom half teams this season.

Doxa has only won one game in their last 10 but at least their last three have ended in draws. Ever since their main striker Berat Sadik left in January, the team has been missing a balance. First their offense could not score and then their defense started leaking. Now both are a bit better but their performances are still not great. They have quality players but right now they are just not clicking good enough to be consistent. Doxa is 2-2-6 away from home this season.

Prediction:

Pafos is the better team at the moment. Home win.

Ermis vs Anorthosis 18:00 N. Papas Group Ammochostos-Epistrofi, Larnaca
5.80 – 3.60 – 1.58 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

Two teams who are in crisis mode right now meet at the Ammochostos stadium. Ermis is bottom of the league desperate for points to avoid relegation. Anorthosis though got 6 points deducted and suddenly they are out of the Top-6 if they do not win this game and Omonia lose theirs. Anorthosis won the first match between the teams 2-1.

It has all gone wrong for Ermis this season as the league has been much more competitive than the recent years. Ermis has changed their head coach several times already and still they have only won two games this season. Ermis has now played 12 games without a win and the longer it takes the pressure starts to mount. They still have a chance to save themselves, but it will be tough if they do not start winning soon. They are 1-2-7 at home this season but if they ever could get a win over Anorthosis, it might be now.

Anorthosis is in crisis mode. It was not enough that they used an illegible player in their match against Apollon which meant that their 1-0 win was turned over for a 0-3 loss and they get 6 points deducted. This points deduction means they will be out of the Top-6 if they do not win this game. On top of that, the players have not been paid for 3 months and things can go really bad from here if the Top-6 spot is lost. Results though have not been bad recently even though the 0-0 draw with Omonia did favour Anorthosis. Interesting to see if they can be motivated here if they here Omonia doing well in their game.

Prediction:

Ermis draw no bet

Omonia vs AEL 18:00 GSP Stadium, Nicosia
2.35 – 2.75 – 3.45 -Bet NOW with Winmasters

This is a big match for both teams. A win or a draw for Omonia would mean that they will be in the Championship playoffs with the other Top-6 teams. They would have a chance to get into Europe even though a very slim chance. Mainly they could be there to annoy the other teams by picking a point here and there. AEL would be such a team and a draw here might be for their favour. They would definitely rather have Omonia in the Top-6 than Anorthosis. AEL beat Omonia 2-1 earlier in the season.

Omonia played well against Anorthosis but had to settle for a 0-0 draw. They were by far closer of winning that game. Even if they would make it into the Top-6, they know they won´t be fighting for a place in Europe as in-form AEK is already 8 points ahead on 4th position. It will still be much better to keep players motivated by playing against the other big teams than against the weaker ones. Also, Omonia could play a vital role in the championship fight. Omonia is 5-2-3 at home this season. Omonia is 2-0-7 against the other Top-6 teams at the moment this season with both of those wins coming at home.

AEL has had a great season so far and they are only 2 points behind leaders Apollon. They are the 3rd best away team in the league with a 7-2-1 record. A win here would move them top of the table and with Apollon and APOEL playing against each other on Sunday, AEL could catch at least one of the teams. Still, winning here might not be the best strategy. AEL is much closer to Omonia than Anorthosis and at the moment Omonia is stronger to take some points from AEL´s competitors than Anorthosis is.

Prediction:

Main pick is both teams to score but this could either be Omonia win or draw.

-6 points = FC Pafos, Anorthosis



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