Cyprus welcome the visitors San Marino in the Euro Qualification – Round 1. The match will be held on Thursday, March, 21st, at the GSP Stadium (Nicosia).
Another Euro qualification begins! What can the Cyprus national team hope for in their qualifying group? Well, they will hardly get over the fourth place. Let us remind the group сontenders: Belgium, Scotland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, and San Marino. The Cyprus team have a great chance to know what it feels like to be group leaders, let it be for one day only, as whenever you host San Marino, it is not about how many points you get, it is rather about a margin you win by. Still, we should not overestimate the hosts. There is no guarantee that even against the weakest team on the continent, Ran Ben Shimon’s men can register a 4:0 or 5:0 victory. It doesn’t take much to understand that Cyprus may challenge themselves in any encounter. In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, the team won Gibraltar at home, 3:1, but away, they gained a win only in the very end of the match, 2:1. Given that the team competed with Gibraltar, the 3:1 and 2:1 scores do not look very convincing. The side’s historical record over the last six years suggests that they never won by a margin of over two goals. Therefore, there are no grounds to expect a thumping at the hands of the hosts.
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As for the San Marino national team, it’s black and white. The side are not scoring at all and losing in all matches within five years. Notably, not every opponent manage to ship them five goals and more. For example, Azerbaijan struggled a lot against San Marino to get a 1:0 win in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. In the recently held UEFA Nations League, Moldova national team had serious issues against San Marino but attained two wins, 2:0 and 1:0. Thus, the guests on the day learnt how to play versus sides of Cyprus’ caliber – in terms of their defense at least, as their attack is a total failure. In our view, we may expect San Marino’s defeat with a football score, not a hockey one.
Our bet is on San Marino’s +3.5 handicap. The Cyprus team’s placement is not very consistent, and they have difficulties in clashes with any opponent. Even in the home match against San Marino, the hosts may not count on a hammering.
Prediction for the match: San Marino to win with a +3.5 handicap.