Scotland v Cyprus Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 08/06/19

Scotland v Cyprus Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Josh Waudby (@Josh_Waudby) previews Scotland v Cyprus and provides us with his best bets for round 3 of the Euro qualifiers by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: +2.15pts

Scotland v Cyprus Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 08/06/2019
  • Time: 19:45
  • Venue: Hampden Park
  • Channel: Sky Sports

Scotland will be looking to put their shaky start to the campaign behind them. After getting humiliated 3-0 by Kazakhstan they at least got a win last time out, albeit against a poor San Marino side. A new face in the dressing room via Steve Clarke’s appointment after his successful spell at Kilmarnock may prove to be the change up, they needed.

Cyprus impressively dispatched of San Marino 5-0 in the first of their qualifiers, which was over double the amount that Scotland managed. Cyprus do have a sense of comradery among the squad which often helps, which is improved by the fact most of their side play for APOEL, the top side in the Cyprian League.

A win in the game is vital for Scotland, with both Belgium and Russia in their group it is going to be difficult for them to qualify. Belgium look in fine form as always and are likely to top the group which leaves 2nd place up for grabs between the Russians and the Scots.

After this fixture Scotland then travel to Belgium for their match up, which will prove the ultimate test for Steve Clarke in his new role. 3 points from Cyprus is a must given its unlikely the Scots will get anything against the Red Devils.

Team News

Champions League winner Andy Robertson linked up with the squad late on Tuesday after Liverpool’s triumph, however with him holding the captain’s band its likely he will get the go ahead despite the short rest.

Potential Scotland Starting XI: Bain, O’Donell, Bates, Mckenna, Robertson, McLean, McGregor, Russell, Armstrong, Fraser, Forrest

Potential Cyprus Starting XI: Pardo, Koisoulos, Dossa Junior, Merkis, Laifis, Papoulis, Margaca, Artymatas, Ioannou, Antoniou, Efrem

Head To Head

  • The sides have only met once in the last 30 years, in which Scotland came out victorious with a 2-1 away win.

Key Stats & Facts

  • 6 of Scotland’s last 7 home wins included a clean sheet for the hosts.
  • 5 of Cyprus last 8 away matches have seen under 2.5 goals.

Betting Odds

  • Scotland 1/2
  • Draw 13/5
  • Cyprus 7/1

The Verdict

Scotland again go into the international break without a recognised prolific goalscorer among the ranks. Surprisingly Swansea’s Oli McBurnie was left out, who would likely lead the line. They do however possess strong wingers in Ryan Fraser and James Forrest who’s pace is enough to harm any defence. I expect this to be fairly low scoring and providing Scotland keep a clean sheet they should get the 3 points. Cyprus haven’t scored in their last 3 matches and I’m a fan of the trend continuing.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts – Scotland to win to nil – 6/5 (Bet365)