Cyprus and Belgium measure forces in Neo GSP, in a match for this phase of the Qualification Round for the European Championship (Qualifying Round). The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 4 matches won 4. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 10-10-2017, ended with the victory of Belgium for ( 4-0). Attention to the house factor, since Cyprus usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The team of the house disputes its according party in Group I, after having won by (5-0) in its first match in this group stage, against San Marino. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 1 draw and 12 losses in away matches, with 9 goals scored and 30 conceded; against 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 25 goals scored and 18 suffered. In the last 8 home matches for all competitions, Cyprus won 3, drew 3 and lost 2. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 9 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
The squad of Cyprus comes to this match with a 5-0 triumph at the reception in San Marino, initiating the best way this season in the qualification phase for the European Championship of 2020: the team’s goals were scored by Sotiriou (2), Laifis, Kousoulos and Efrem. In this game against powerful Belgium, coach Ran Ben Shimon must act in 4-4-2, but with a fairly defensive strategy, since the opponent has great individual values. The number 10 Pieros Sotiriou is the player with more capacity to stir the game of the selection of Cyprus, being possessor of great quality in the finalization. Everything indicates that the coach has his best players for this game.
The visiting team disputes their second match in Group I, after having won by (3-1) in their first match in this group stage, against Russia. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 38 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 12 wins and 3 draws at their stadium, with 40 goals scored and 11 suffered. In the last 10 away matches Belgian has won 7, tied 1 and lost 2. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 10 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. This is a team that usually does not feel difficult to open the scoring: it scored the first goal in 12 of the last 15 games, of these 12 came to the break in advantage in 6 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10 .
The Belgian team comes to this match with a 3-1 victory in the reception to Russia, adding the first win in this qualifying phase: the goals of the team were scored by Hazard (2) and Tielemans. In this game against Cyprus, it will be expected that coach Roberto Martinez will risk again in 3-4-3, favoring the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks: Tielemans will be one of the most responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. It is important to highlight the quality of Hazard, a player of great technical quality and very competent at the time of finishing. Apparently, the Belgium coach must risk in the same starting eleven of the last game.