Scotland vs Cyprus, Saturday’s match for the qualifying round, Group I, for the EURO 2020 Qualifiers, at the Hampden Park (Glasgow).
Scotland did not start very well this qualifying walk for the Euro 2020, with the team losing to Kazakhstan 3-0 away from their country.
In fact, it can be said that coach Alex McCleish did not have several important players from the main team for the confrontation at Astana Arena. The Scotts, however, had a 2-0 win against San Marino, regaining some much-needed confidence.
Scotland has a new coach Steve Clark and now need to continue to improve their game to qualify for the UEFA European Championship 2020.
After the humiliating defeat against Kazakhstan, the Scottish federation was concerned and also with the number of players who refused to be summoned by McLeish, led then to the choice of Steve Clarke.
Steve Clarke summoned four of Kilmarnock, while Leigh Griffiths and Ollie McBurnie are both missing from this game.
The Cypriots began by beating San Marino 5-0 in their debut, but then failed to surprise Belgium, losing at home 2-0 in their second game in the group.
Anyway, in this game Cyprus will try to bring a positive result in the luggage. Cyprus has three points from two games, which is a welcome start as the defeat against Belgium is unlikely to affect the spirit of the team and to continue to dream about a qualification.
The Cypriots saw this game with good eyes, but at the moment they will face the Scots at the wrong time, since with the change the Scots want in this game to have a positive result.
I think it’s a very contested and balanced game, Cyprus want to enjoy the less good times of the Scottish, but the players of the house have slight favoritism.