Ermis desperate to end miserable run

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouEven though there are still four rounds to go before the teams are split into two groups of six for the Cyprus football championship playoffs, there can be only one change in the groups as they stand now with AEL displacing Ermis Aradippou in sixth place. The two teams meet on Monday with home side Ermis hoping to put an end to their miserable run in recent weeks that has seen them drop from third to sixth in recent weeks.It will be a baptism of fire for their newly appointed coach, Mitchell van der Gaag, who arrived in Cyprus on Thursday and trained his players today Friday for the first time.At worst Ermis need to share the spoils on Monday as a defeat will see AEL leapfrog them into sixth place. AEL’s new coach Christophorou has done well since taking over but he will have to do without his most in-form striker, Marco Tagbajumi who is suspended for the game. Semo and Sardinero are the likely candidates to replace the Nigerian striker. The teams above Ermis and AEL have all seemingly easy fixtures this weekend as they face teams from the bottom half of the table.League leaders Apollonas are at home to relegation candidate Doxa Katokopias and anything other than a comprehensive win will be considered a surprise.The Limassol team have strengthened their defence with the acquisition of towering centre half Edwin Ouon while their star forward Guie Guie fired in six goals in his last five games.Doxa will need to perform at their best if they are to get anything out of this game.APOEL, who recorded their first league win in almost two months last week, will once again be without at least five first teamers against tough-tackling Ethnikos Achnas.Lanig is expected to partner Morais in the middle of the park while the other new APOEL recruit Nafiu may also get his first start.Ethnikos Achnas will be without the suspended Bezzera and Ogungbe and the injured Boyadjis and Francescou.Four days after thumping five past Ayia Napa in the Cup, Omonia return to the Tasos Markou stadium to face them in the league as favourites.However Omonia’s coach Kaiafas said after the Cup game that on Sunday it will be a completely different game. The same views were echoed by the Ayia Napa stand-in coach Savvas Theodorou who rested a number of players in the cup game.Anorthosis, who seem to have ‘locked’ a top-six finish, take on Nea Salamina in an all-Famagusta clash at the Antonis Papadopoulos while AEK face Othellos Athienou at the GSZ stadium.Saturday, February 7th : APOEL VS Ethnikos Achnas (17.00), Apollonas vs Doxa (18.00), AEK vs Othellos (19.00)Sunday, February 8th: Anorthosis vs Nea Salamina (16.00), Ayia Napa vs. Omonia (18.00)Monday, February 9th: Ermis Aradippou vs AEL (19.00)last_img read more