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Cyprus 1st Division 16 December: APOEL vs Nea Salamina

Cyprus 1st Division 16 December: APOEL vs Nea Salamina

APOEL vs Nea Salamina 19:00 GSP Stadium, Nicosia
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There should be a clear difference here between a title chasing team and team fighting to avoid relegation. APOEL is 4th, 8 points behind leaders AEK but they have played two games less. Nea Salamina is 11th and 2 points ahead  of an automatic relegation spot.

APOEL is coming of from a 0-0 away draw against AEL where the match will be remembered more for crowd trouble than the actual football. APOEL has struggled against the big teams this season (Omonoia excluded) but against smaller teams they seem to beat them easily. APOEL has a lot of depth and they are good defensively and offensively. It is just their form of the day that will decide if they will crush their opponents or not. They are 4-0-1 at home this season losing only to Anorthosis. APOEL will miss from this match long term injured Milanov, Ioannou and Waterman. Carlao and Efrem are also injured.

Nea Salamina got a very important win over Aris in the last round but the fact still remains that they are in relegation danger and their performances back it up. They have conceded the most amount of goals (31 in 15 games) and at the same time they have scored only 13. The team has been poor on both ends of the field but luckily for them, there has been a couple of teams who have earned less points than them. Nea Salamina will be without injured players Taro, Voskanyan, Park Jong-In, Kyprianou and Manoyan. They will also be without Giorgos Kakko who returned to PAOK.

Nea Salamina has been the easiest opponent for APOEL during the recent years. They have beaten them in 18 consecutive games in all competition. Earlier in the season APOEL won 1-4. Nea Salamina has managed to beat APOEL only once in Nicosia and that was back in 1999.


APOEL to win with both teams to score.

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