Cyprus vs Greece – 2018 World Cup Qualification: Cyprus is still aspirating to reach the 2nd place…
But that objective will hardly be accomplished because, even if they win this match, they still have to play away in Belgium on the last round and it would be extremely hard for them to get the 3 points there.
After getting an impressive result on their last match winning 3-2 against Bosnia after trailing 0-2, they weren’t able to follow that up on their away match in Estonia,
where they were beaten with a goal in the 92nd minute that killed their hopes of qualifying.
If they had won that match, they could have a clear chance of fighting for qualification, but now they have strongly compromised that objective.
In any way, when they enter the pitch here, they will already know Bosnia’s result so they will know if they are still in the race or not.
The Greeks are a team that defends well, very solid, they don’t get caught out of position much but on the other hand, they aren’t very strong offensively.
It was expected for the Greeks to have a better performance and to put up a better fight against the Belgians on the race for 1st place.
However, they were unable to offer some resistance. Greece is the team with more draws in this group, since they already have 4 draws in 8 matches.
They’ve only lost once and it was precisely on the last round, against Belgium at home.
1-2 loss that put the Greeks out of the 2nd place, sitting now 1 point behind Bosnia.
They will go into this match already knowing the result of Bosnia’s match so, in normal conditions, they should return to 2nd place in this group if they are able to win here.
Cyprus vs Greece – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Despite this being an important and probably decisive match for these teams, I don’t think we will have a very open match with a lot of opportunities.
I expect a balanced match with both teams prioritizing the balance and defensive solidity while waiting for a defensive flaw of the opponent or a moment of individual inspiration to make the difference and win the match that way.
I expect a boring match in which, if we don’t have a goal in the first 20/25 minutes of the match, it has all the ingredients to end with less than 2.5 goals.
0-0 at half-time would be the perfect scenario but even with 1 goal in the 1st half,
I don’t think we’ll then have 2 in the 2nd half, because both teams are much stronger defending thank attacking.
|Under 2.5 goals||