As part of one of the qualification matches for the 2024 World Cup, the players of the national teams of Scotland and Cyprus will come face to face. On whose side will the victory be in this duel? Our sports portal evaluates the chances of rivals for success.
The Scottish national team performed solidly in the League of Nations League. The team in the group with Ukraine, Ireland and Armenia was able to take the first place with 13 points and achieved promotion to the A-League. In the qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Scots entered the promotion tournament, but lost in the semifinals of the mini-tournament to Ukraine with a score of 1:3, finishing their performances at the World Cup, so their and without starting. In mid-November, Scotland held a friendly meeting with Turkey, to which they lost with a score of 1:2.
CyprusAs for the Cyprus national team, this team performed extremely poorly in League C of the League of Nations.
The team was able to score only 5 points and dropped into the D League, losing to Northern Ireland on additional indicators. The Cypriots did not play at the World Cup in Qatar. The team scored only 5 points in its sextet, finishing in the penultimate fifth place and ahead of Malta only in additional indicators. In November, the team held 2 friendly matches, in which they lost to Bulgaria (0:2), but were able to defeat Israel (3:2).Statistics and figures:
Scotland is the favorite of the meeting;
- Scotland have won three times in 5 matches;
- Cyprus was able to win twice in 5 games;
- The last face-to-face meeting of the rivals ended with a score of 2:1 in favor of the Scots.
In the last five matches, the opponents not only scored each other's goals, but also broke through totals of 2.5 goals.
I believe that the performance stakes will play out again. Opponents are in good shape and will please with a solid game in attack.