Kick-off: 1945, 08/06/2019
Stadium: Hampden Park
TV: Sky Sports
Steve Clarke will be determined to start his reign as Scotland boss with a win when Cyprus travel to Glasgow for Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.
The Tartan Army were happy to see the back of Alex McLeish and there is definitely a more upbeat mood heading into this game, with the new manager coming off a successful season at Kilmarnock.
We’re looking for the hosts to hit the ground running, so 27/20 they lead at half-time and full-time is our first Scotland vs Cyprus prediction.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Scotland have work to do in Group I after kicking off with a 3-0 drubbing in Kazakhstan, before grinding out an uninspiring 2-0 victory over San Marino.
Kenny McLean’s early header set the stage for a convincing victory over one of international football’s whipping boys, but it took until 74 minutes for Johnny Russell to add a second.
The Scots had previously topped a Nations League pool featuring Israel and Albania, but it was still decided that McLeish was not the man to take them forward.
Former Chelsea and Liverpool assistant Clarke should bring fresh impetus after his Killie team trailed only Celtic and Rangers in the Premiership.
He named five uncapped players in his first squad, including three of his old club players, and there is a youthful energy amongst the set-up.
Skipper Andrew Robertson epitomised the desire to do well, toning down his celebrations with Liverpool to prepare for this task.
The wing-back declared: “A Champions League win doesn’t come around that often, so I have to enjoy it, but I’ll be ready to go on Saturday, I want to play.
“I’ll celebrate this success in the appropriate manner, because we’ve got two big qualifiers coming up, which are important.”
Clarke has a shortage of proven goalscorers at this level, but 11/10 for a home win to nil stands out from the Scotland vs Cyprus odds.
A Look At Cyprus’ Betting Odds
Cyprus began their campaign with an encouraging 5-0 defeat of San Marino, with Copenhagen forward Pieros Sotirious bagging a brace.
However, Ran Ben Shimon’s side then had their limitations exposed when losing 2-0 at home to Belgium.
There was a similar vibe about their Nations League efforts, with four of five points picked up coming against Slovenia, whereas table toppers Norway beat them 2-0 twice.
Former Arsenal trainee Georgios Efrem is a useful winger and Grigoris Kastanos could be another to watch out for after recently making his first senior appearance for Juventus.
However, the overall quality is only moderate, with Southend defender Jason Demetriou the most-experienced squad member on 50 caps.
Let’s finish off our Scotland vs Cyprus betting tips by taking 21/4 for a smooth 2-0 home success.
San Marino 0-2 SCOTLAND – McLean, Russell
CYPRUS 0-2 Belgium
Head-to-head: Cyprus 1-2 Scotland
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