first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouThe football league resumes this weekend following the international break with leaders Apollon taking on Anorthosis in Limassol. Second placed APOEL have a tough away tie to AEK while Ermis Aradippou play hosts to Omonia.In the bottom group Othellos and Doxa need to improve to get anything out of their ties with AEL and Nea Salamina respectively, while Ayia Napa will fancy their chances against Ethnikos Achnas.If recent results are anything to go by with, Apollon should have few problems in overcoming Anorthosis who have been going through a poor run.Greek forward Papoulis seems to have shrugged of his niggling injury and should make the starting line-up but Robert joins Adrande, Vassiliou and Stylianou on the sidelines. Anorthosis travel to Limassol knowing that another defeat will all but end their hopes of a top three finish and subsequently a European journey for next season. Coach Andre Paous is expected to have both Calvo and Concalves back in the side with only long term absentees Iacovenco and Garcia unavailable for selection.APOEL face what is considered by many their toughest test as they take on in-form AEK in Larnaca.AEK know that should they manage to defeat APOEL they will at the very least maintain their two point lead over fourth placed Omonia but more importantly they will be just three points behind the incumbent champions.AEK’s coach Thomas Christiansen will be hoping that his most influential player Vander will be declared fit as the skillful Brazilian is capable of piercing the tightest of defences with his darting runs and clever play.For the first time though in almost three months German coach Fink will be spoilt for choice with Aloneftis and Vinicius back in contention following their injuries and three more (Kaka, Amorin, Djebbour) available after serving their suspensions. The only doubts for APOEL are Efraim and Spanish goalkeeper Pardo who will face late fitness tests.Omonia are away to Ermis Aradippou on Sunday and they are expected to notch the three points especially as the Aradippou team seem to have lost hope of clinching third place.Things are much clearer in the bottom group with Othellos Athienou and Doxa Katokopias the likely candidates for the drop as their nearest rival, Ayia Napa, is four points clear.Saturday, April 4: Apollon v Anorthosis, AEK v APOEL (4pm)Sunday, April 5: AEL v Othellos, Ayia Napa v Ethnikos Achnas, Doxa v Nea Salamina (4pm), Ermis Aradippou v Omonia (6pm)last_img read more