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Top four contenders Omonia and AEL collide

Omonia and AEL will meet in a crucial top four battle on Wednesday while third place AEK Larnaca will take on Anorthosis Famagusta in a must-win game for Imanol Idiakez’s side.

Having recently lost to league leaders APOEL, Akis Ioakim’s Omonia will be in desperate need of the three points against AEL later on Wednesday at the GSP Stadium.

Bruno Baltazar’s AEL – who are fourth in the end-of-season Group 1 playoff group – are currently four points above Omonia and head to Nicosia in confident mood after their late 2-1 win over AEK on the weekend.

Omonia are sweating on the fitness of left back Aris Soleidis while AEL will be without injured centre-back Dossa Junior who could miss the remainder of the season.

Elsewhere, AEK will be without the influential trio of Ivan Trickovski, Jorge Larena and Vincent Laban when they host Anorthosis Famagusta in a crucial game for the Larnaca club.

The Larnaca club slipped further behind APOEL on the weekend after losing to AEL and will see their title hopes evaporate should they suffer another defeat this time at the hands of sixth place Anorthosis – who claimed an impressive 3-1 win over title challengers Apollon Limassol on the weekend.

In other games on Wednesday, Ethnikos Achnas and Ermis Aradippou will meet in Group 2 with both sides already looking to next season while relegation battlers Aris Limassol face a must-win game against Karmiotissa at the Tsirio Stadium.

On Thursday, APOEL face Apollon in a game which could determine this season’s champions while Doxa – who like Aris are struggling for survival – visit Nea Salamina.

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