* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.
Scotland vs Cyprus: Top Two Predictions
Here are our Euro 2024 predictions for Saturday's clash between Scotland and Cyprus in qualifying Group A. Scotland will be expected to get off to a winning start to the Euro 2024 qualifiers as they play host to a distinctly average Cyprus side. The Scots have won all of their previous meetings with Cyprus so anything but 3pts this weekend will be considered disappointing for Steve Clarke's men.
Scotland & Over 2.5 Goals
Our first Scotland vs Cyprus prediction concerns the match result and total goals scored by both teams. Scotland have a 100% record against Cyprus, winning each of the pair's 7 encounters over the years and all of those matches have produced over 2.5 goals. Five of Scotland's and four of Cyprus' last six international matches have witnessed at least three goals being scored, so you can see why we're backing goals on Saturday.
Both Teams to Score
Our second Scotland vs Cyprus prediction is for both teams to score during the 90-minutes. Each of the last five meetings between these two countries have ended with both teams getting on the scoreboard, with each of the last four head-to-heads ending 2-1 in Scotland's favour. Both teams have also scored in three of Scotland's and three of Cyprus' last five competitive and non-competitive matches, adding further weight to our prediction.
Scotland vs Cyprus Odds
Let's take a look at the latest markets and odds ahead of Scotland vs Cyprus.
Scotland odds: 1/4 (1.25) – 80%
Draw odds: 11/2 (6.50) – 15.4%
Cyprus odds: 14/1 (15.00) – 6.7%
*all odds provided are the best price at the time of publication and come from various bookmakers and therefore the probabilities won't always add up to 100%.
As you can see, Scotland are the overwhelming favourite to secure all 3pts in this Euro 2024 qualifier but if you are looking for more of our football betting tips on this game then why not check out the First Goalscorer market? Southampton's Che Adams is priced at 7/2 (4.50) to score first in this game which has a probability of 22.2%, while Lydon Dykes has odds of 4/1 (5.00) and a probability of 20%, and both Jacob Brown and Ryan Christie are priced at 11/2 (6.50) which yields a probability of 15.4%.
Scotland vs Cyprus Lineups
Scotland will give one of their three uncapped goalkeepers their international debut this weekend as the likes of Gordon, McLaughlin and Marshall have either not been selected or have now retired from international duty. Jack Hendry, Scott McKenna, Stephen O'Donnell and Ryan Fraser have also missed out on selection for the Euro 2024 qualifiers this week. Dominic Hyam of Blackburn Rovers is the only outfield player that is uncapped.
Predicted Lineup – Clark (GK), Hanley, Robertson, Tierney, Hickey, Armstrong, McGregor, McGinn, McTominay, Gilmour & Dykes
Cyprus only have one uncapped player in their squad, goalkeeper Alexander Špoljarić of Karmiotissa but the big loss in the latest squad is striker Pieros Sotiriou who has scored 12 goals in 58-caps but won't be available this week. Andreas Avraam, Fotis Papoulis, Matija Špoljarić, Fanos Katelaris and Neofytos Michael have also failed to make the cut for one reason or another.
Predicted Lineup – Demetriou (GK), Antoniades, Kyriakou, Laifis, Ioannou, Gogić, Kastanos, Spoljaric, Charalambous, Antoniou & Pittas
Player to Watch: John McGinn
McGinn has had a fairly quiet season for Aston Villa but he always seems to up his game when it comes to Scotland.
The combative midfielder has scored an impressive 15-goals in 52-caps for his national team and those added goals from midfield really take some of the pressure off his strikers who are admittedly, less than consistent in front of goal.
We're backing McGinn to up his game once again in the blue of Scotland and to help his side to an opening victory against what is an average Cyprus squad. McGinn is the second most experienced player in the Scotland side behind Andrew Robertson and he has more goals than any other player in the team.
Scotland vs Cyprus – FAQ
- Who are the favourite to win? – Scotland are huge favourites to win this weekend.
- What was the score when these two teams last met? – Cyprus 1-2 Scotland (Euro Qualifier).
- What time is kick-off? – 14:00 GMT, 15:00 CET.