Cyprus vs Belgium
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Tuesday; 6-September-2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Neo GSP, Nicosia.
Cyprus will welcome Belgium to the GSP Stadium on Tuesday, with Roberto Martinez taking charge of his first competitive game as Belgium coach.
Cyprus will be seeking for a revenge on Belgium as they were beaten on two occasions during the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Belgians hit Cyprus 5-0 in the first encounter, with goals from Fellaini, Hazard, Benteke and Batshuayi were enough to down Cyprus. Eden Hazard’s lone goal at Cyprus home goal handed them the win in the 2nd encounter. Though Cyprus didn’t make it to Euros, the campaign was better than the previous ones as they won 4 out of 10 games. They are hoping for a better campaign in this one.
Belgium’s new coaching staff which consists of Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry
Will be put to test on Tuesday. They lost 2-0 Spain in an international friendly on Friday, as David Silva’s brace broke their hearts. They have a star studded squad and have no excuse not to qualify the Belgian side for the 2018 tournament. Martinez’s appointment came as a shock to football world, but its left to him to prove himself as embarks on his first competitive game.
Cyprus vs Belgium: Head to Head statistics
- Cyprus have never won a game against Belgium, they are win-less in all their 9 meeting against Belgium.
- Belgium have won 8 of the 9 meetings which includes the 2 leg encounter during Euro Cup qualifiers.
- Also Belgium have kept clean sheet in 7 of their 9 meetings against Cyprus.
Cyprus vs Belgium: Prediction
Belgium are clear favourites in this game, considering the qualities in their squad. They are in a better shape and have won 3 of their last 5 games. Also they have kept clean sheets in 3 of their last 5 games.
Cyprus have been on the receiving lately, losing 4 of their last 5 games and won 1. They looked out of shape and needs reshaping. They need to put in more work to be able to withstand the Belgian pressure.
Cyprus vs Belgium: Betting Tips
Belgium win at 1.28
HT/FT – Belgium at 1.83
Belgium win and over 2.5 goals at 2.00.