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
Belgium start on home soil in Group I of Euro 2020 qualifying. They are the favourites to get through with the group win so will they be able to ease themselves ahead of Russia early? These are the two favourites to gain an automatic qualification from the group. Scotland also go in Group I. Read our Belgium v Russia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.)
Even though qualification for Euro 2020 hasn’t even started yet, Belgium are one of the front runners to lift the title next summer. It would frankly be a major upset if the Red Devils did not qualify from their group. The last time that Belgium faced up to Russia was back in 2017 when they met for a friendly and that game produced a thrilling 3-3 draw. Belgium are undefeated against Russia from their five previous meetings, the Red Devils winning three of those.
Belgium did have a bit of a slip in their Nations League campaign as they didn’t top their group. A crushing 5-2 away loss at Switzerland in the final round of matches, meant that Belgium finished second to the Swiss on head-to-head. Belgium did win two home games in the group against the Swiss and against Iceland. Actually, the away loss against Switzerland saw a six-match undefeated streak of form that Belgium were on, snapped. Belgium have scored at least two goals in all but one of their last seven fixtures.
Russia did not do too badly in the Nations League. They did bottle things a little bit in their final match as they made a trip to Sweden needing only a draw to top the group. Russia lost that game 2-0. Coupled with a friendly international defeat against Germany that is back-to-back losses which Russia have taken ahead of their Euro 2020 qualification opener.
Before that it though they were on a six-match undefeated streak of form (90 minutes) extending back into their brave World Cup 2018 campaign. This will be the first major qualification campaign since going for Euro 2016 when they did book an automatic qualification spot. As World Cup 2018 hosts they did have an impressive campaign before running out of steam in the quarter-finals. Russia have only scored in one of their last four games so they have gone off the boil a bit up front.
In competitive mode, Belgium should have more than enough to take down Russia in this challenge. The Russians will always be more of a threat on home soil, so looking at Belgium to win to nil appeals at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 19th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
19th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting