Cyprus managed to grab a nice away win in Kazakhstan and kept their qualification hopes alive. They will now need a win when they will host the 2nd Russia on Sunday. Russia were excellent against Scotland and won an easy match. Even a draw here would be enough to see them through to the next phase though.
Date/Time: 10-13-2019, 12:00 EST
Spread: Cyprus +1
Total: 2.5 Goals
Cyprus (3-3-1) are coming off a really hard-fought 2-1 win on the road against Kazakhstan. Their opponents played a really physical match and even took the lead at the 34th minute. However, Cyprus pulled even at the 73rd minute and scored the winning goal at the 84th minute for the final 2-1. They are now undefeated in their last three, scoring seven goals and conceding just two. Cyprus are sitting at the 3rd spot of Group I with 10 points, eight behind Russia. They need a win here in order to keep their qualification hopes alive. Cyprus have a 1-1-1 record at home, scoring six and conceding three.
On the other hand, Russia (6-1-0) did a great job in their home match against Scotland. They did struggle offensively till the hour mark, but were not at all threatened. They eventually took the lead at the 57th minute, scoring two more goals in the next 13 minutes and sealing off with a late goal for the final 0-4. That was their fifth clean sheet and they have scored in all their matches so far. Russia are sitting at the 2nd spot of the group with 18 points, three behind Belgium and eight ahead of Cyprus.
Russia won by 0-1 at home in the first round, and are still undefeated in three matches against Cyprus (2-0-1). However, the only previous match in Cyprus was a 1-1 draw back in 1997. Cyprus know that they will be eliminated with anything other than a win here, so they should give it their all. However, Russia know that they will only need a Draw here, so I am willing to take my chances at some nice odds.
EURO 2020 Qualifiers Cyprus vs Russia Prediction: Draw (+322)
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