LARNACA – Anorthosis Famagusta will need to find a way past Alki in the second leg of their Cyprus Coca-Cola Cup tie on Wednesday if they are to reach the quarterfinals while APOEL hold a healthy 2-0 lead over champions AEL in their home tie.
The other Cup tie on Wednesday will see Nea Salamina take on Apollon in the first leg while the second leg between the two sides will take place next Wednesday, on the same night Olympiakos Nicosia aim to overturn a 1-0 deficit at home to AEK Larnaca.
Anorthosis boss Ronny Levy faces a major headache ahead of Wednesday’s contest at the GSZ Stadium with his side needing to win – after the first leg finished 1-1 at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium – while at the same time needing to keep his players fresh and injury-free ahead of their all-important league clash against Omonia this weekend.
Anorthosis are currently six points ahead of second place APOEL in the league standings.
The Israeli boss is likely to rest key duo Jan Rezek and Juliano Spadacio while their could be a return for Frenchman Matthieu Valverde – who has overcome his recent shoulder injury – while Valentinos Sielis, Vincent Laban, Evandro Roncatto and Romanian striker Emil Jula could also be inline to feature against Alki.
Goals from Michael Klukowski and an own goal from Edmar gave Ivan Jovanovic’s APOEL a solid lead from the first leg in Limassol but the Greek-Serbian boss is unlikely to make too many changes given his side’s recent inconsistent form.
Alki’s game against Anorthosis kicks off at 4pm while the games APOEL-AEL and Nea Salamina-Apollon get underway at 6pm and 7pm respectively.