Scotland v Cyprus Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 04, 2019
Hampden Park - Euro 2020 Qualifying
Scotland are looking for a new lease of life under new manager Steve Clarke, who leads his country out for the first time this weekend. Hampden Park will expect to see their team take three points against Estonia in their third Euro 2020 qualifier.
There’s been five meetings between these countries down the years, and Scotland have won all of them. They haven’t played each other since 2011 though, when the Scots won 2-1 in Cyprus. Scotland’s biggest win came on home soil back in 1969 courtesy of a thumping 8-0 victory.
Scotland will be captained by Liverpool’s Champions League winning left-back Andy Robertson, while Bournemouth’s in-form Ryan Fraser features in attack. Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is set to start, while James Forrest will hope for the nod after a hat-trick in Scotland’s last game at Hampden.
Cyprus don’t boast any household names in their squad, but that could change if Juventus youngster Grigoris Kastanos continues on his upward trajectory. Southend United’s defender Jason Demetriou is the most-capped player in the squad, with 50 international appearances to his name.
Scotland v Cyprus Preview and Predictions
After a humiliating 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan put an end to Alex McLeish’s time in charge of Scotland, Steve Clarke takes over the reigns charged with bringing the optimism back to Scottish football. That won’t be easy in a Euro 2020 group containing Belgium and Russia, but the Scots have another route to next summer’s showpiece.
Topping their Nations League group means Scotland will have a shot at qualifying for Euro 2020 even if they fail to finish in the top two of this section. They need to get some positivity going first though, after following up the defeat against Kazakhstan with a pretty unconvincing performances against San Marino last time out.
The hosts are the strong favourites to take the three points here though, priced at 1/2 in the betting. Cyprus are poor travellers, losing 12 of their last 14 fixtures away from home. They haven’t tasted victory on the road in a year, and even that was against the not-so-mighty Gibraltar.
Cyprus are 7/1 for the win, which would take them to six points after they beat San Marino 5-0 on home soil in their first Euro 2020 qualifier. A draw would be a positive result for the visitors, and the complete opposite for the Tartan Army. It’s priced at 10/3.
Scotland to win to nil at 6/5
Cyprus don’t have much success in away games, and they’ve failed to score in eight of their last 12 fixtures on the road.
Ryan Fraser to score first at 8/1
The Bournemouth forward has been attracting attention from some of the Premier League’s biggest teams, and could be worth a look for the first goal at this price.