Big Nicosia derby takes centre stage in Cyprus

first_imgThe big Nicosia derby between Omonia and Apoel stands out this weekend while on Monday there will be another huge game between Cyprus’ two teams that were knocked out of the Europa League, Apollon and AEK.Leaders AEL face a tricky match against Doxa Katokopias while Ermis and Alki, the two teams in the bottom two places, clash in Larnaca. In the other games Anorthosis take on Pafos FC while Nea Salamina are at home to Enosis Neon Paralimni.It’s been more than five years and 21 games since Omonia last defeated their bitter local rivals and 13 games since they last avoided defeat, giving the Omonia players an added incentive to battle for the win.Omonia’s Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez pointed out that his team have not defeated any of the so called ‘big six’ teams so far this season but believes that they have what it takes to finally put an end to this poor run and more so against their arch-rivals.His coach Yiannis Anastasiou was equally confident ahead of the big clash but pointed out that his players should remain focused for the whole 90 minutes and try to take advantage of any mistakes by opponents. “If we remain patient and stick to our game plan then I believe that we can secure the win that will give our fans immense joy,” Anastasiou said.His counterpart at Apoel, Paolo Tramezzani, has seen his team score nine goals in their last couple of games against strong opposition (Apollon and Nea Salamina), with the champions seeming to be getting stronger every week.Tramezzani is expected to field the same eleven, as well as deploy the same 3-5-2 system he used in the last couple of games hoping for a third consecutive win, something that his team has been unable to do so far.A lot will depend on whether Omonia can rein in Apoel’s two young silky forwards, Natel and Al Tamari, who given some room, can destroy any defence.Leaders AEL are up against Doxa Katokopias at the Makarion stadium with the visitors having the edge over their opponents despite being without three key players, Torres, Wheeler and Fidelis, for the clash.Doxa have lost their way dropping from fourth to eighth in recent weeks. They led in their last four games but were pegged back and managed to pick up just two points from 16 giving their coach Loukas Hadjiloukas something to think about.Anorthosis seem to have turned the corner under new Dutch coach Jurgen Streppel and will be favourites against inconsistent yet dangerous Pafos FC.Streppel’s side have dropped just two points from their last five games and have edged up the table to fifth place, level on points with AEK. Pafos FC though seem to save their best against the ‘big’ teams, as they did against AEK last week, when they defeated them by the only goal of the game.The two teams rooted at the bottom of the table Ermis Aradippou and Alki on seven points are involved in a relegation six-pointer with neither side content with anything other than a win. In the final weekend game Nea Salamina will be looking to return to winning ways after two defeats and they should prove too strong for Enosis Neon Paralimni.On Monday evening Apollon are at home to AEK in a crucial game for both sides.Apollon are enjoying a purple patch and on current form they are favourites to pick up the three points against a team that has lost three of their last games, two in the league and one against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League.Saturday: Doxa v AEL (17.00), Ermis v Alki (18.00), Anorthosis v Pafos FC (19.00)Sunday: Omonia v Apoel (16.00), Nea Salamina v Enosis (18.00)Monday: Apollon v AEK (19.00)last_img read more

Spicy Mystery Solved

first_imgBirdwatchers have long known that a little chili pepper added to the birdfeeder keeps the squirrels away. Now biochemists can tell them why. A new study reveals the cellular difference that makes mammals uniquely sensitive to capsaicin–the fiery molecule that makes chili peppers the bane of gringos and the delight of culinary masochists. The finding may lead to a new class of pain medications.In 1999, researchers showed that desert rodents scorn chilies, whereas birds wolf them down (ScienceNOW, 13 August 1999). That preference works out nicely for the chili plants–because the seeds break down in the rodent gut, but not in the avian gut, birds are better at dispersing the seeds. Cell biologists later found that in mice the same pain receptor is responsible for sensitivity to both heat and capsaicin (ScienceNOW, < AHREF="http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2000/413/1">13 April 2000). This led them to suspect that the receptor, called VR1, might differ between birds and mammals.David Julius and Sven-Eric Jordt of the University of California, San Francisco, have confirmed this hunch. In the 8 February issue of Cell, they report the discovery of a segment of the VR1 protein that is unique to mammals and enables the receptor to bind capsaicin. To find the segment, the team tried inserting various snippets of the rat DNA that codes for VR1 into corresponding positions of chicken DNA. These hybrid stretches of DNA were then incorporated into easily-cultured kidney cells. A particular excerpt of rat DNA made the chicken receptor sensitive to capsaicin. 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The receptor transmits other types of painful stimuli in addition to the chili’s sting, and knowing where capsaicin binds narrows down the range of molecules that could prevent the receptor from sending pain impulses. But much more work is needed to fully understand the receptor structure, and novel painkillers that block capsaicin are at least 5 years off, Clapham says.Related siteJulius lab home pagePepperfool: hot pepper recipes, etc.last_img read more