Cyprus take on the visitors Scotland in the round 5 match of UEFA Euro-2024 qualifications. The match will be played on Friday, September 8th at AEK Arena (Larnaca).
Cyprus are increasingly disappointing its fans with each passing year in terms of decent results. This year has been a complete disaster for the team so far, losing all three qualifying matches, even to opponents they could have competed with, like Georgia. The Cypriots have already suffered a complete 0-3 defeat to Scotland, who are now their opponents again. While Cyprus is playing at home this time, Scotland have had an outstanding run in this qualification, making it unlikely that the British team will stumble against such an obvious underdog. Cyprus have long struggled to find its footing against opponents of a somewhat stronger level.
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Scotland are already one foot into the EURO tournament. The team had an impressive first half of the qualification, earning 12 out of 12 possible points. They even defeated the Spanish, who couldn't do much against the Scots in their away match, losing 0-2. Overall, Scotland's goal difference is 9:1 under the guidance of Steve Clarke. Now, it's crucial for Scotland not to prematurely believe in their qualification success and correctly assess their upcoming opponent. Of course, if they win this match and Spain defeats Georgia in the next round, Scotland will already secure their trip to Germany. So, motivation is very high.
Scotland are currently in good form both in terms of gameplay and results, and they should not let go of this confidence as they approach the September matches to determine their place in the final tournament. In this game, the odds on the visitors are not too high, so considering a handicap bet on Scotland seems reasonable. So, I'll settle for this betting option: (-1.5) handicap on Scotland.
Prediction for the match: Scotland to win with -1.5 handicap.