Cyprus v Wales Preview

September 2, 2015 | By

BetVictor £50 Free BetsEuro 2016 Qualification on Thursday night comes from the NEO GSP Stadium and features Cyprus versus Wales.

Cyprus v Wales Preview, Euro 2016 Qualification 3rd September 2015

Cyprus started their qualification off with a great win over Bosnia & Herzegovina away from home which came as a surprise as they were expected to just make up the numbers in Group B. But since that initial victory, their only points have come against whipping boys of the group Andorra whilst losing their other games against the top three currently in Belgium, Wales and Israel.

This is a huge game for Cyprus if they want to realistically have a chance of making the play-offs because they have already had their two games against Andorra whilst their competitors are still yet to play them for a second time.

Wales are still unbeaten in the qualifiers with four wins and two draws ending 0-0 against Belgium and Bosnia & Herzegovina. They have been solid defensively so far conceding just two goals in six matches whilst at the other end, Gareth Bale has been carrying the mantle with five of Wales’ eight goals being scored by himself.

Wales look perfectly poised to make it into their first major tournament in years after beating major competitors Belgium last time out but Chris Coleman will want to make a statement going into the competition by finishing top of Group B and a win here will go a long way to make that happen.

Cyprus Team News:

Cyprus are currently free from any injury concerns but they will be missing central-midfielder Laban as he is banned.

Wales Team News:

Wales will be without Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen for this due to suspension but they were glad to hear that Gareth Bale had overcome a slight injury concern. Wales may also see Robson-Kanu return for this match after sitting out a recent training session.

Cyprus v Wales Head to Head Statistics

13/10/14 EUR Wales vs Cyprus 2 : 1
13/10/07 EUR Cyprus vs Wales 3 : 1
11/10/06 EUR Wales vs Cyprus 3 : 1
16/11/05 FRI Cyprus vs Wales 1 : 0
13/10/93 WOR Walesvs Cyprus 2 : 0

These two sides have met just six times in their history with the home team coming out victorious in the last five meetings.

Overall, Wales hold the advantage going into this match after edging the previous meetings as they have won four of the six games whilst Cyprus have won the other two.

All but the most recent fixture between these sides took place over 7 years ago which make them less relevant in determining who will come out the winner in this match.

Wales are playing exceptionally well at the moment for their standards with Gareth Bale inspiring the team. They are unbeaten in their last six matches with four wins including a significant 1-0 triumph over Belgium who they are battling with for 1st in the group.

They have conceded just one goal in their last five outings showing that they are not a one-man team and that they have a great team spirit and determination.

Cyprus v Wales Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the six games that have taken place between these two sides, an average of 2.5 goals have been scored per game. Whilst during the matches held in Cyprus, there has been an average of just 2 goals per game scored. These sets of data alone suggest that the game on Thursday evening should provide around two or three goals.

Cyprus v Wales Recent Form (Left to Right)

Cyprus: L L W L W

Wales: D W D W W

Wales have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics as they have managed to win three and draw two of their previous five matches played, compared to Cyprus who have won two and lost three of their previous five matches played.

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Cyprus v Wales Current Match Betting Odds Market

Cyprus are the behind the market with the online bookmakers and you can obtain a best price of 22/5 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for new customers, for Cyprus to be the side celebrating come the full time whistle.

The Draw does look a possibility in this match as Wales are string defensively and Cyprus will want to come out of this one with a point, and at a current best price of 13/5 with Bet365 – £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers, this does look value and probably worth getting something on as your main cover bet for this game.

Wales are favourites in this match and I am expecting them to win but I will be a tight game and could easily result in a draw so I would avoid lumping on a Wales win in this one. The best price avaiable for Wales to win this game is 4/5 from Bet35 – £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers.

Cyprus v Wales Free Sports Bets, Tips & Predictions

Even though Wales are in good form and Cyprus aren’t of a very high calibre, I expect this game to play out as it did in the reverse fixture meaning it will be a very tight game and one goal could easily separate the sides. Wales have been solid defensively and I expect them to concede a maximum of one goal here and could easily keep a clean sheet.

I would expect Wales to win this game as Cyprus lost 5-0 against Belgium ad Wales managed to keep Belgium from scoring in both their games but there is one factor making me doubt an away win. That is that the reverse fixture was a close game and although Wales came out victorious in a 2-1 score line, this game they are away and therefore it should be a tougher affair.

Gareth Bale has been in fine form for club and Country, he scored in Wales’ 1-0 win over Belgium and he scored twice in their 3-0 win away to Israel. And that is why I think he is great value to score again in this match as Wales push on.

Cyprus v Wales Banker & Saver Tips

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Category: Football, Group Stage, International, Qualification, Season 2015-16

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