Cyprus vs Russia: no room for error

Cyprus vs Russia: no room for error

Cyprus

04/09/2021, at 13:00 GMT
World Championship. Qualification

Odds: 1.77

04/09/2021, at 13:00 GMT
World Championship. Qualification

Odds: 1.77

Russia

Both teams must win in the upcoming match, the more interesting it will be to watch the events on the field.

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Cyprus

The Cyprus national team has been extremely unsuccessful in all tournaments for several years. In the League of Nations the Cypriots managed to take the fourth line in their group in the company of Montenegro, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan and in the next tournament they will play in the lowest division, League "D".

In qualifying for the World Championship, Nikolaos Kostenoglu's team does not change traditions, having the last place after four rounds. At the same time, one victory can turn into a takeoff for the Cypriots several positions up at once. The second Russia has three points more. However, such an alignment is possible, apparently, only in theory. In the last round Cyprus was beaten 0:3 by Malta.

Russia

After the failure at Euro 2020 the Russian national team received a new head coach in the person of Valery Karpin. The mentor did not have too much time to prepare for the first match with Croatia, but at the same time he made radical changes. First of all, it was decided to rejuvenate the squad and change the scheme. The Russians went to the duel with the Croats without nominal strikers.

Karpin failed to radically change the style and pattern of the team's game in such a short time, but the team looked pretty bold and especially in the first half it was under high pressure. The match began aggressively on both sides, but gradually the team's risk was minimized, resulting in a goalless draw. This result became strategically positive. Russia retained the second line in the group and did not allow Croatia to break away.

Mario Fernandez and Alexei Ionov, who were injured in the match with the Croats, did not fly to Nicosia, but players will most likely have time to recover by the duel with Malta.

Prediction

The Cyprus national team is in very bad shape and has big problems both in defense, having conceded seven goals in the last two matches, and in attack having only one goal in the last seven matches. Russia will definitely strive today only for victory and guests will obviously be aggressive in the attack. It is unlikely that in their current state the Cypriots are capable of serious resistance.

We believe that hosts have no chance. Prediction is for Asian handicap (-1) for Russia. This bet can be placed for 1.77.

The Cyprus national team does not seek to play attacking football. The Cypriots traditionally rely on defense and make the game ahead as easy as possible. The Russian national team will obviously fight for three points, but at the same time, the Russians are unlikely to open up from the first minutes, fearing a resultant error, so in this meeting it is hardly worth counting on a scoring extravaganza.

Our second bet will be under 2.5 goals total. This bet can be placed for 1.90.

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