Cyprus vs Belgium
EURO 2020 Qualification
Date: Sunday, 24 March 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Neo GSP (Nicosia).
Belgium ended the Nations League campaign with a nightmare 5-2 loss to Switzerland to lose the top spot in their respective group. The Red Devils thus won’t battle for the silverware in the inaugural Nations League edition. Nevertheless, they aim for the throne at EURO 2020 where they will certainly be among main contenders after earning the bronze medal at the World Cup in Russia last summer.
The golden generation of Belgian players cruised past all rivals in the last couple of qualifying campaigns for big events. They bagged a super impressive 43-goal tally in 10 World Cup qualifiers winning nine and drawing one in the process. The Spanish manager Roberto Martinez has immense quality in his ranks all over the pitch and we can’t see how Cyprus could potentially make an upset here.
Cyprus vs Belgium: Head-to-head
Cyprus were unlucky to face this golden generation of Belgian players in two successive qualifying campaigns.
Belgium won each of last five head to head affairs with the Cypriot team without conceding a single goal in the process.
The Red Devils notched seven goals without any response in two comprehensive wins over Cyprus in the previous WC Qualification campaign.
Cyprus vs Belgium: Prediction
Martinez will be without the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Meunier and Vincent Kompany here, but he still super strong line-up led by Chelsea’s superstar Eden Hazard. Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku are also both available and Belgium should really not have any troubles to storm past Cyprus here.
Cyprus did avoid the last place in their Nations League Group with Norway, Bulgaria and Slovenia, but they can’t be competitive against this Belgian squad by any means. The hosts lost nine, drew three and won just one of past 13 matches across competitions. Cyprus kept just one clean sheet in last 16 games they played.
We have reasons to expect goals galore by Belgians here. Over 2.5 goals FT looks to be a banker bet at the odds of 1.57.
Cyprus vs Belgium: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.57 (4/7)
Over 1.5 goals in the first half @ 2.25 (5/4).