Gibraltar vs Cyprus
Competition: Europe World Cup Qualifying
Date: 9 June 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Gibraltar are still hopeful they will earn a point before the group games are over, or at least avoid the unofficial title of the worst team of the UEFA qualifiers. Thankfully for them, San Marino are doing even worse. The ‘hosts’ are working on constructing a football field that will meet the UEFA criteria, so that as soon as possible they would no longer be obliged to play in neutral Portugal. Until then, every ‘home’ game of theirs will be an excellent opportunity for their opponents to pick up three easy, usually, points, and this game shouldn’t be an exception, no matter if Cyprus have looked below average in these qualifiers.
Having Belgium, Greece, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the same group, Cyprus didn’t really expect to fight for the second spot, but still, they have been worse than expected. A win over Gibraltar at home and a draw also at home is what they have to show for so far. Not that the 0-0 draw to Estonia was a positive result… In this game, coach Christakis Christoforou has all his players at his disposal. Judging by what they have been saying these last days, the Cypriots take nothing for granted, no matter if Gibraltar have five defeats in as many games so far, and a total score of 2-22. One of those two goals they’ve scored, was in Cyprus.
Gibraltar vs Cyprus: Head-to-head Stats
Gibraltar’s 3-1 defeat in Cyprus back in November was the first game ever between these two teams.
Gibraltar vs Cyprus: Prediction
No surprise, Cyprus are considered massive favorites to win this game, and I think so too. They have been below average throughout the qualifiers, but they should still win this one. They may not be a top (not even close) European team, but playing against Gibraltar in neutral Portugal leaves them really with zero excuse not to win.
Gibraltar vs Cyprus: Tips
To more than double my money, I would bet on ‘under 2.5 goals’, at 2.50. The three goals Cyprus scored at home against Gibraltar, are their only goals in these qualifiers. Away from home, even at a neutral venue, I really doubt they will score more than two. ‘Under 2.5 goals’ is a risk in a game that one team are considerably stronger than the other, but one worth taking, I reckon.