Cyprus vs Bulgaria
UEFA Nations League
Date: Friday, 16 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Neo GSP (Nicosia).
Bulgaria ruined the perfect record with a narrow 1-0 loss to Norway a month ago away in Oslo. The defeat halted their push for winning the top spot in the Group 3 and qualifying for the League B football next term. Can they rebound on Friday evening when they travel to Nicosia to take on the third-placed Cyprus away at Neo GSP?
The hosts took four points from clashes with the rock-bottomed Slovenia and it can be regarded as success given they entered this particular group as underdogs. They did lose the other two games in the group though. Can Daniel Hardy’s men cause damage to the Lions here?
Cyprus vs Bulgaria: Head-to-head
Cyprus have never actually been a tricky opponent to Bulgaria.
The Lions won nine of ten head to head affairs with an impressive 23-3 goal difference along the way.
Cyprus were close to bringing such a negative H2H trend to an end when two teams met a month ago in Sofia when Grigoris Kastanos broke the deadlock just before the break.
Nonetheless, Kiril Despodov and Todor Nedelev turned it around for the Lions in the second half on the occasion.
Cyprus vs Bulgaria: Prediction
Both teams will practically have their strongest squads available for the tie. The bookies see it as a close one which is something we’d agree with knowing Cyprus generally left a fine impression in all of past four group phase matches.
The hosts actually do have an intriguing attacking duo in the likes of Demetris Christofi and Pieros Soteriou (their by far biggest name) and we’d not be shocked to see them on the scoreline against the Bulgarians here.
Both teams to score looks to be the stand-out pick here and we will go for it at the odds of 1.83. The draw is also an option, priced up at 3.00.
Cyprus vs Bulgaria: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.83 (5/6)
Draw @ 3.00 (2/1).