Russia are trying to catch leaders Belgium in Group I of Euro 2020 qualification. It is Russia and Belgium who are the favourites to qualify from the group. It is six points from three games so far that the Russians have recorded for themselves and the goals have been flowing freely from them. Cyprus had managed to get off to a bright start in their qualification campaign, but have fallen to back-to-back defeats. Read our Russia v Cyprus betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 7:44 p.m.)
Russia produced a 9-0 win over San Marino on Saturday. That followed up on their 4-0 away win over Kazakhstan. Russia are sat on a W2 L1 record from their three qualification matches so far having opened with a 3-1 reverse in Belgium. Russia were on a three-match losing streak of form before their successes over Kazakhstan and San Marino. So that was a good lift that they took for themselves. They go into the next round of qualifiers level on six points with Scotland.
Across their last nine fixtures, Russia have won five and lost three and their notable form has come on home soil. Russia are W3 D1 in their last four home fixtures, not having conceded a single goal in any of their last three there. Going back to their goal scoring, Russia have scored 16 goals across their last four home games. Given the rest of the level of opposition in this group aside from Belgium, Russia will be expected to reach next summer’s finals.
Russia took a 1-0 win over Cyprus in a 2003 friendly, their most recent meeting
It is a W6 D1 L0 record that Russia have over Cyprus
Cyprus have scored one goal only in their last five games against Russia
Russia won their last home fixture against Cyprus 4-0
Cyprus lost 2-1 in Scotland on Saturday. They looked to have secured a point in the 87th minute when Ioannis Kousoulos put them level. However, they could not hang onto their point as Scotland scored a winner just two minutes later. Cyprus opened their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with a 5-0 home success over San Marino. That is the only win that they have taken in their last seven games played now. They have lost three of their last four played.
The Cypriots have collected just two wins in their last nine games played now, losing five of those. They have been struggling to put the ball in the back of the net with just the one goal recorded across their last four fixtures. Whether having been said they have scored in each of their last three away games, netting exactly one goal in each of those fixtures. They are however only D1 L3 in their last four away games. Cyprus have conceded exactly 2 goals in three of their last four away games.
Russia are a tough side to get the better of on home soil, so it looks as if they should be easing their way to a relatively comfortable home success in this fixture. Cyprus are not likely to have the goals to match up to them and Russia to win to nil option looks a strong proposition.
11th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Scotland have a new man at the helm with Steve Clarke having taken over from Alex McLeish. So this will be Clarke’s first big test with the national side. This is the kind of game in which they can’t afford to drop points in their qualification group. They are at home against one of the weaker opponents. Cyprus start level on points with Scotland. Read our Scotland v Cyprus betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 4th, 2019 at 9:22 p.m.)
The Scots have won three of their last four games now. That doesn’t seem like a bad return, but the result which got Alex McLeish the sack was their 3-0 away defeat in Kazakhstan in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier. While they ground out a 2-0 win over San Marino to follow up, the situation became untenable for McLeish. Scotland did win their Nations League group with a W3 L1 record there over Israel and Albania. That at least guarantees them a playoff place if they can’t get in the top two in their Euro 2020 qualification group.
Scotland than are level on three points with Russia, Kazakhstan and Cyprus in Group I of Euro 2020 qualification. Given that Belgium are in the group and expected to book top spot, that leaves the rest of them trying to fight for second place, which Russia is favourite to get. A win at home in this one would leave their situation looking a little bit better. Scotland have scored at least two goals in three of their last four. They have scored in all but one of their last eight fixtures.
Scotland have won all five previous games against Cyprus
Scotland’s last two wins over the Cypriots have been by a 2-1 scoreline
Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings
All five previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Cyprus will be pretty pleased if they get anything out of this. So they may turn up and look for a draw. They are in the exact same boat as the Scots, having taken three points from their opening two qualification matches. They suffered a 2-0 loss at home against Belgium, before putting a big 5-0 win on the board over San Marino. Cyprus are not a team in any kind of form really. They are W2 D2 L4 in their last eight games.
Cyprus have failed to score in two of their last three games, both of those ending in 2-0 defeats. Their recent 5-0 win over San Marino is the only clean sheet that they have managed in their last eight games. Back in their Nations League campaign Cyprus put up a W1 D2 L3 record form their six games, competing in a group alongside Norway, Bulgaria and Slovenia. They lost two of their three away games, drawing the other one.
The Scots can’t afford to mess this one up on home soil. They should get the extra spark from the new manager and this is a winnable match for them. Scotland have a good head to head record going against Cypriots and can take the win. It’s worth having a look at both teams to score in it though.
6th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Northern Ireland v Cyprus Betting Preview
Fortunately this is game still has the green light. Domestic matches in Cyprus were off on the weekend following the bombing of a referee’s car on the island. The friendly has not been jeopardised though, and it is a game which Michael O’Neill will be targeting hard to build some momentum ahead of their Euro 2016 qualification campaign. They need to learn how to win easy away games like this.
Northern Ireland v Cyprus Betting Odds at online bookmaker William Hill
Northern Ireland 6/4, Cyprus 9/5, Draw 2/1
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Northern Ireland v Cyprus Betting Tips:
After missing out on Brazil 2014, Northern Ireland need to start building themselves up again. Disappointingly they only took seven points from their ten matches in Brazil 2014 qualification and only picked up the one win along the way. Strangely, and against all the odds, that win came against the group winners Russia. The Northern Irish did themselves proud in their encounters with Portugal too. But a lack of goals hurt them, managing just nine in their campaign, which kind of undoes all of the gritty defensive work that they are able to put into games. There disappointing results against Azerbaijan and Luxembourg because of that problem. Northern Ireland kick off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign being on September 7th in Hungary.
O’Neill’s troops have failed to find the back of the net in two of their last three away matches now, so it is probably worth looking under 2.5 goals for a price of 1/2 with William Hill. They have lost four of their last six games, winning one, so really need to start digger deeper and find a solution to their goal scoring issues. Still, the bookies are carrying them as favourites in this one on the road and frankly, this is a game which they should be winning. However, you can’t ignore the appeal of a 0-0 draw in the Correct Score market for a shot of 6/1 with William Hill.
A reason why Northern Ireland are taking slightly favouritism is because Cyprus are in even worse shape than Northern Ireland are going forward. They only managed to take away five points and one win from their World Cup 2014 qualification group and they are struggling terribly in front of goal. They only managed to find the back of the net four times in their World Cup qualifying group, and they are currently on a six match streak without having found the back of the net now. It’s been a terrible drought and they don’t look a good side. The strengths of the Northern Ireland defence should go a long way in deciding this one, and wouldn’t be surprised to see them come away with a clean sheet. But can they get a winning goal themselves? Doesn’t look as if it’ll be the most enthralling game and the score will probably be low.
Northern Ireland Draw No Bet at 5/6 with William Hill looks to be decent path to go down for this one in Nicosia.
Form (all competitions)
Northern Ireland WLLLLDL, Cyprus DLLLLLD
Head To Head
There have been just the five previous meetings between the two sides and Northern Ireland hold a 3-1 head to head lead. In those games, Northern Ireland have netted eleven goals and conceded just the one.
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