APOEL and AEL will meet in the second leg of the Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday with both sides heading into the game at the Tsirio Stadium on the backend of league defeats.
APOEL boss Thomas Christiansen is looking to lead his side to a league and Cup double but must first overcome AEL – who had snatched a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Nicosia. APOEL had lost 2-1 to closest title challengers Apollon last week while AEL slipped to a 2-1 defeat to top four challengers Omonia.
The game will kick-off at 6pm with police security tight following clashes between supporters from both clubs in the past.
APOEL – who are currently four points ahead of second place Apollon in the league – will be without Vinicius who was left out of the squad despite being passed fit while Stathis Aloneftis, Georgios Merkis and George Efrem are still injured.
AEL boss Bruno Baltazar is only missing the injured Dossa Junior as he aims to lead AEL to a first major trophy since winning the league back in 2012.
Apollon, Anorthosis and Doxa have already booked their place in the Cup semi-finals.