Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Scotland will look to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Turkey when they take on Cyprus in the opening match of their EURO 2024 qualifying campaign. The Scotts will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Both Nathan Patterson and Lyndon Dykes have recovered in time to face Cyprus, with Liverpool ace Andy Robertson making the cut as well.
The Cypriotes, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-2 win over Israel, but seeing that over the years Scotland have turned Hampden Park into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. In their last meeting in a competitive match Scotland defeated Cyprus 2-1, and we predict that history is going to repeat itself. A man to watch in the away side will be experienced midfielder Giorgios Afrem (APOEL).
Highlighted Team (Cyprus):
Cyprus’ first match took place back in July, 1949, only one year after they became a member of FIFA. The Cypriotes played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Maccabi Tel Aviv and seven days later they played their first international game. Cyprus suffered a 3-1 loss to Israel in Tel Aviv back then and in November, 1960 they had their first official match as an independent country.
The Cyprus national football team shared the spoils with Israel in the 1962 World Cup qualifier and three years later they recorded their first international win (3-1 over Greece). Cyprus suffered their biggest loss on May 21, 1969, with the team losing to West Germany 12-0 and in 2000 they hammered Andorra 5-0 which is considered the team’s biggest win.
The Cypriotes have yet to qualify for the finals of the FIFA World Cup or the European Championship, but their victory over Bosnia in Zenica in the Euro 2016 qualifiers will be remembered. GSP Stadium in Nicosia is considered the national team’s home ground.