EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Cyprus vs Scotland Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Cyprus vs Scotland kick off? Saturday 16th November, 2019 – 14:00 (UK)

Where is Cyprus vs Scotland being played? Neo GSP

What television channel is Cyprus vs Scotland on? Sky have the rights to UEFA European Qualifiers matches in the UK, so it is worth checking the Sky Sports schedule

Where can I stream Cyprus vs Scotland? If the match is televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go

What was the score when the teams last met? Scotland 2-1 Cyprus

THE TEAM NEWS

CYPRUS

  • Cyprus could not build on their first back-to-back wins since 2017 as they were thrashed 5-0 at home to Russia last time out, but their qualification hopes were already long gone.
  • Centre-back Konstantinos Laifis is suspended following his sending off against Russia so Andreas Karo could make his debut if coach Ran Ben Shimon sticks with a back three.
  • Joint-top scorer Pieros Soteriou should be recalled up front after starting on the bench against Russia, while 19-year-old Michalis Ioannou could start again.

Predicted line-up (3-5-2): Panayi; Kyriakou, Merkis, N. Ioannou; Kousoulos, M. Ioannou, Artymatas, Spoljaric, Avraam; Soteriou, Zachariou

Unavailable: Laifis (Suspended)

Doubtful:

SCOTLAND

  • Scotland cannot qualify from the group but they will be looking to use these final two games to build their confidence ahead of next year's Nations League play-offs.
  • Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay and Ryan Fraser have all withdrawn from the squad after picking up knocks at the weekend, depriving Steve Clarke of three key players, while Liam Cooper has also dropped out.
  • With Kieran Tierney left out having only recently returned from injury, it leaves Greg Taylor and Graeme Shinnie as Clarke's options at left-back, but Scott McKenna, Ryan Jack and Oliver McBurnie are back in the squad.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): McLaughlin; Palmer, Devlin, McKenna, Taylor; McGinn, McGregor; Christie, Fleck, Forrest; McBurnie

Unavailable: Cooper (Injured), Hanley (Injured), Robertson (Injured), McTominay (Injured), Fraser (Injured)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

This has not been a campaign to remember for Scotland and they have struggled particularly on the road, failing to score in three of their four away matches. Cyprus have found the net just once in their last three at home and with nothing to play for, this could well be a rather drab affair.

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