Saturday 8 June, kick-off 7.45pm
Hampden Park – Euro 2020 Qualifying
Steve Clarke takes charge of his first game as Scotland manager in this Euro 2020 preview. Cyprus are the visitors to Hampden Park as the new boss aims to make an instant impression in front of the Tartan Army.
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What’s the story with Scotland vs Cyprus?
Is Scotland vs Cyprus on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? These countries last met in a friendly in Larnaca back in 2011. Kenny Miller and Jamie Mackie scored either side of half-time as Scotland won 2-0.
What are the Scotland vs Cyprus odds? Scotland are the 1/2 favourites in your Euro 2020 predictions, while Cyprus are available at 7/1. The draw’s 10/3 with Betfair, who are offering up to £100 in free bets when you register here.
Remember that time…before last time? The 2011 meeting between the teams was the first time they’d played each other since 1989. Scotland won 2-1 again in qualifying for the 1990 World Cup, after winning 3-2 in Cyprus.
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Liverpool’s Champions League-winning left-back Andy Robertson captains the hosts in these Scotland v Cyprus predictions. Only Blackburn Rovers defender Charlie Mulgrew has more than 25-year-old Robertson’s 29 caps. This is an inexperienced Scottish outfit, but there’s some potential in there, including the likes of Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay and Oliver Burke, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Celtic.
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The Cyprus squad has much more experience to it, with seven players boasting more than 30 caps. It’s not heavy on quality, although Juventus youngster Grigoris Kastanos is a big hope for the future. The 21-year-old midfielder already has 19 caps to his name, and should feature in these weekend football predictions. Southend United defender Jason Demetriou has the most number of caps in the current squad, with 50.
Scotland vs Cyprus prediction, preview and betting tips
These two countries have squared off five times, and Scotland have won on every occasion. They’ve outscored Cyprus by 20 goals to four in those matches, although the current Scottish vintage hasn’t been pulling up any trees in recent years. Can these football predictions herald the beginning of a new dawn for Scottish football under Steve Clarke?
The Scots did top their recent Nations League group, but that was at the expense of Israel and Albania. They slumped to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, and while they recovered somewhat to beat San Marino 2-0 away in their next game, it was curtains for Alex McLeish. The home team and their fans are desperate for some positivity coming into this Scotland v Cyprus prediction.
They have a great chance of getting it against a team who’ve only won two of their last 15 fixtures. Cyprus thrashed San Marino 5-0 in their Euro 2020 opener, before losing 2-0 at home to Belgium. They haven’t won away from home in a year though. Aside from a draw in Slovenia on their last away day and last June’s victory over Gibraltar, they’ve lost 12 of 14 on the road.
Scotland should have enough to pick up a vital three points this weekend. With Belgium and Russia also in the group, finishing in the top two is going to be a tough ask though. However, Clarke will have a chance to get Scotland to a first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup through their Nations League success.
Either way, building up some momentum and confidence is important for the Scots. Clarke will start from the back and try to tighten up a defence that’s only kept one clean sheet in six at home. However, that run includes matches against the likes of Portugal, Belgium and Holland. Cyprus have failed to score in eight of their last 12 away games, so we’re backing the hosts to keep a clean sheet in your Scotland vs Cyprus betting tips. That’s 4/5 with Betfair.
We’re tipping Scotland for the win at 1/2 with bet365. They are 6/5 with the same bookmaker to pick up the points without conceding a goal. Scotland have scored six goals in their last three home games, and they’re 5/1 to win 2-0 in your football score predictions. With James Forrest scoring first, those odds rise to 33/1.
Scotland vs Cyprus first goalscorer predictions
Celtic forward Forrest netted a hat-trick in Scotland’s last match at Hampden Park. He’ll hope to start this one after being named on the bench against San Marino. The 27-year-old scored 17 goals for the Scottish champions this season, and he’s 13/2 with Betfair in the first goalscorer odds for Saturday. Bournemouth forward Ryan Fraser could also be worth a look after a superb season for Bournemouth. He’s been linked with a move to a number of top Premier League clubs, and is 8/1 to enhance his reputation with the opener here. It’s 44/1 if Scotland go on to win 2-0.
Scotland to win
Both teams not to score
Scotland to win to nil
James Forrest to score first and Scotland to win 2-0
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Oli is a passionate football man, who despite being the wrong side of 30, still turns out every week for his beloved Trafford United. Also a Manchester United supporter, Oli is an experienced writer with a strong background in the sports betting market.