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APOEL and Apollon in Monday night action

Cypriot title rivals APOEL and Apollon will both be in action on Monday night after their league games were pushed back to their recent games in Europe.

APOEL – who face Anorthosis Famagusta at the GSP Stadium on at 7pm – last week lost 3-0 to European champions Real Madrid in their opening Champions League game at the Bernabeu Stadium.

Sofronis Avgoustis’ Apollon, who are at home to Ermis Aradippou, had recently drawn 1-1 at home to Lyon in the Europa League.

Giorgos Donis’ APOEL, who had won their first game of the domestic campaign 4-1 against Nea Salamina, will now take on Anorthosis at an empty GSP Stadium due to the stadium ban from the Cyprus Football Association (CFA).

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Donis will be without the injured George Efrem, Tommy Oar, Zhivkov Milanov, Facundo Bertoglio and Nicholas Ioannou while Anorthosis coach Ronny Levy will not have the injured Ivan Bandalovski.

Apollon will be the favourites against Ermis side that recently lost 4-0 to AEK Larnaca which resulted in the assistant coach of Nicos Panagiotou being dismissed by influential chairman Loucas Fanieros. The club’s first choice keeper, Andriy Novak, has also been released after getting a serious injury.

Over the weekend, relegation battlers Doxa Katokopia and Olympiakos Nicosia picked up big wins with Doxa thrashing Salamina 4-1 and Olympiakos getting a priceless 2-1 win at Ethnikos Achnas.

AEK clinched a 1-0 win over AEL in a game marred by accusations of racist behaviour against the AEL players while Pambos Christodoulou’s Omonia suffered a shock 2-1 reverse at newcomers Pafos FC.

Alki and Aris fought out an entertaining 3-3 draw.

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