Cyprus vs Wales Prediction and Football Tips – 03/09/2015
Euro 2016 Qualification football tips – Cyprus vs Wales prediction
Luckily for Cyprus they have an injury free pool of players to choose from. Mitidis, Efrem and Christofi all have three goals so far in qualifying therefore that could be their front three in attack. There has been a lot of experimentation at the back so they will need to select an experienced centre back pairing against a strong Wales side. They’ve struck a good balance between attack and defence in the past with the 4-2-1-3 formation.
Wales currently sit in 9th in the world rankings after an astonishing four years which has seen them rise from 117th in the world. The development of players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey has helped them, along with good leadership from the late Gary Speed and current manager Chris Coleman. Leicester player Andy King will play in the place of injured Joe Allen and he will be looking to regulate any raucous treatment towards Gareth Bale from the Cyprus players which caused a stir in the last meeting, which saw King get sent off.
Cyprus: 4-2-1-3 formation: Georgallides; Antoniades, Merkis, Dossa Júnior, Kyriakou; Laban, Nikolaou; Makrides; Christofi, Mitidis, Efrem
Wales: 4-1-3-2 formation: Hennessey; Taylor, Williams, Chester, Gunter; King; Ramsey, Ledley, Cotterill; Robson-Kanu, Bale
- Cyprus have won 3, drawn 2 and lost 5 of their last 10 matches
- Wales have won 5, drawn 4 and lost 1 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Cyprus have scored an average of 1.2 goals and conceded an average of 1.4 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Wales have scored an average of 1.3 goals and conceded an average of 0.7 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Cyprus’ previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 4 of Wales’ previous 10 matches
- The last meeting was the first qualifying game between the sides for Euro 2016 in October 2014 which saw Wales come away with a 2-1 victory. Wales have never beaten Cyprus away from home
Cyprus are currently sitting 3rd in Group B and will push Belgium to the wire who are only two points ahead. They have failed to draw a single game and this inability to grind out a result could be their downfall, as they are not expected to topple Belgium or Wales from the top of the group.
Unbeaten in all six qualifying games so far with four points taken from Belgium alone, Wales are sitting pretty at the top of the group. They are looking to qualify for a major competition for the first time since 1958. They will almost certainly confirm their qualification if they beat Cyprus considering they have done the hard work in playing Belgium twice.
Boasting the most expensive player in world football in the form of Gareth Bale, Wales will be hopeful of beating Cyprus in this match.
What are your predictions?