From where it had become (albeit unexpectedly) one of the main favorites to win the championship, Anorthosis became an outsider for the European places. And that is why Apollo's double over AEK was considered… negative, as it had the effect that “Kyria” did not mathematically secure a place in the top six, but it is probably positive for the Famagusta team, as it prevented expansion of its difference from third place, from five to eight points (what will the top six do if it has no hopes for Europe…). It will be positive, of course, given that Anorthosis will not commit the suicide of the year and will finally seal a place in the first group, which will happen if they get a draw in tomorrow's (14/2, 19:00) derby with Apollon at ” A. Papadopoulos”, or one win in the last two games with AEZ and AEK (both away from home). The refugee team today completes its preparation for the match against the blues of Limassol, where it will clearly not claim the draw that will seal the top six, but the first victory after four matches, with which it will stay in touch with the trio and will take advantage of any losses that occur in APOEL-Aris as well as possible… dropping points from the other teams it is chasing. It is noted that from the moment it has a match in hand (the postponed one against AEZ) while it has to play in the final against AEK, if Anorthosis… turns the switch and makes it 3/3, until the end of the first phase will overtake third-placed (now) Larnaca, moving up at least one step and closing the gap on the European places, and will move up to them if Omonia and Paphos lose in the last two turns.
Inside all three, lose the final
Gaiego made his decision for the three footballers who received a suspension in the derby with Omonia and must be absent from one of the derbies with Apollo and AEK . They are Wage (sent off with a second yellow card), Tune and Castel (received their third yellow card of the season), who will serve their suspension in the last game against AEK in the “Arena” and will therefore be available for the match with Apollo. We remind you that tomorrow Waris will be absent due to suspension, who received his third yellow card in the match against Paphos and was declared to play against Omonia and serve his suspension against Limassol.
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