Cyprus didn’t disappoint much so far in the competition, but they are far from safe of relegating to League D. After four matches played, they are third with four points but also being fourth between the ranking of third-placed teams which would mean relegation for them. In order to avoid that, they would need a victory here. In the most recent game, they had a 1:1 draw away to Slovenia.
Bulgarians were maybe lucky at some moments, but anyway, the team now has a chance of winning the group and promoting further. After four matches, they have three wins and a defeat in the most recent game away to Norway. It was quite an equal game where the Norwegians reached the goal in one of the rare chances. The side now needs a victory here in order to continue their race with Norway.
The hosts will miss defender Demetriou (Southend), midfielders Kastanos (Juventus), Kyriakou (Apollon) and forwards Christofi (Omonia) and Mitidis (AEL) out of more notable players. Visitors miss goalkeeper Iliev (Astra), midfielder Milanov (MOL Vidi) and forward Despodov (CSKA Sofia) our of more notable players who performed recently.
Bulgaria is a close favorite in this one, but I see Cypriots threatening as well. It doesn’t necessary needs to be a very open game, but the lack of quality in their defensive lineups and motive from both teams, promises goals here. Cypriots are not that weak when playing at home after all.