Cyprus take on the visitors Norway in the round 7 match of group stage of UEFA Euro-2024 qualification. The match will be played on Thursday, October 11th at AEK Arena (Larnaca).
Cyprus has struggled to make progress in football, if anything, they have regressed. The Islanders may have some football ambitions, but in reality, they have never been particularly impressive. In the previous qualification campaign, they managed just one win in eight matches, and they also performed poorly in the UEFA Nations League in Division C. With Temuri Kebaya in charge now, expectations were not particularly high. However, the Cypriots have been toothless, only managing a draw against Armenia in a friendly match. They lost all their qualification matches, including a 1-2 defeat at home to the Georgians, who are the home country of the head coach.
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Norway has not rushed to meet expectations either. The Squirrels have failed to qualify for any tournaments in recent years, even with players like Holland and Edegor in their squad, not to mention other talented players who haven't been lost in major leagues. The current qualification cycle began poorly, with losses to Spain and Scotland, and a 1-1 draw with Georgia. While they later picked up two consecutive victories, these came against weaker opponents. Furthermore, in June and September, the Norwegians defeated the Cypriots and Georgians on their home turf. Their chances of securing the second spot are minimal, and any hopes rest on a winning streak.
Previous matches include a 3-1 victory in June, marking Norway's eleventh victory. Cyprus has struggled to achieve anything against the Scandinavians, not even managing a draw. The teams are of different quality, and playing at home doesn't change this. Let's bet that Holland and company will win on the island with a handicap of -1.5 goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Norway to win with -1.5 handicap.