Russia exploded on Saturday afternoon when the team won over San Marino at home 9:0. Still, it’s just a regular three-pointer but surely will be used to lift their morale as well.
After defeat away to Belgium, the side now looks like a second favorite to win the qualifying ticket after 13:0 goal difference in two matches, this one and away to Kazakhstan.
Cyprus actually left very good impression away to Scotland in a 2:1 defeat, as the side didn’t get outplayed as expected.
For most of the game, they were very competitive but still were trailing all the way till the 87th minute and “managed” to conceded the second goal almost right away after they have leveled up.
A victory over San Marino and defeats to Belgium and Scotland are their results so far, surely not having real chances to remain competitive in the battle for EURO 2020 for too long.
The Russians won’t count at defender Ignatyev (5/0, Lokomotiv) and midfielder Gazinky (17/1, Krasnodar) comparing to the primary call-up. Cypriots have no fresh injury worries ahead of this one.
I really doubt that Cyprus can repeat similar competitive performance in just a couple of days difference. Moreover, the stronger side will be the opponent this time. Led by the atmosphere and most recent performance, the Russians can seal an easy victory here without getting into problems in the last phase of the match.
Tvmoca propose : Russia (-1.5 AH)