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Cyprus will play host to Scotland in the next round of fixtures in the quest for qualification for Euro 2024, as the two sides meet again in Group A.
All eyes will be on the AEK Arena in Larnaca this evening, as Scotland look to continue their flying start to qualification, with kick off coming at 19:45 for UK viewers.
Cyprus vs Scotland predicted lineups and news
After opening the first round of fixtures in Group A of the qualifiers, tonight’s hosts will be hoping for a different result to their first meeting with the Scots, who were 3-0 winners in Glasgow with Hampden Park as the backdrop.
Scotland will go into the game full of confidence as they lead the pack as first in the group after their four fixtures, opposed to Cyprus who are yet to get a point on the board in the three matches they’ve played so far.
It’s set to be an interesting affair between the two sides, with the hosts looking to cause an upset in front of their home crowd in Larnaca.
Team news: Cyprus
Three matches and three losses is how the qualification round has gone so far for Cyprus, as Temur Ketsbaia hunts his side’s first result of the group.
The manager is a familiar face to those in Scotland, having made 22 appearances for Dundee during his playing career, however is more recently recognised after the Scots struck Cyprus 3-0 in the group opener.
Their form in the qualifiers is harsh, but expected, considering that the Cypriots have never seen their national team qualify for either the European or World Cup finals before, leaving expectations far from high. Added to that, the nation hasn’t won a competitive game for almost a year, however football is unpredictable, and Ketsbaia will be hunting an upset in the return fixture.
This evening’s hosts have netted just twice in their three games so far, however have enough threat to potentially derail Scotland with top scorer Pieros Sotiriou having 12 goals in his international career so far.
Cyprus predicted lineup
Mall, Antoniou, Gogic, Laifis, Ioannou, Correia, Charalampous, Kousoulos, Kastanos, Kyriakou, Sotiriou
Team news: Scotland
A perfect 12 points from four games in Group A has got Steve Clarke’s side dreaming of qualifying for redemption at Euro 2024.
The Scots failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup, and had a forgettable time at the 2020 Euros as they packed their bags after the group stage.
Wins against Cyprus, Norway and Georgia, as well as a thrilling victory over Spain has set the tone for the group so far, with the hope that momentum can be maintained for the remaining fixtures.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 7, 2023
There are no reported injury concerns for Scotland to any of their threat-posing regulars, with the likes of Kieran Tierney, Billy Gilmour, Andy Robertson and Scott McTominay all ready for action this evening.
Scotland predicted lineup
Gunn, Hickey, Porteous, Hendry, Tierney, Robertson, McTominay, Gilmour, McGregor, McGinn, Dykes
Will Scott McTominay continue international form?
At domestic level, McTominay has had a hard start to the 2023/24 campaign, starting on the bench for Manchester United’s opening fixtures and playing just seven minutes of football so far.
Away from the uncertainty of his future at Old Trafford, the 26-year-old has been inspiring his country in the qualification group, scoring five goals in four games.
The midfielder netted twice against Cyprus the last time the two sides met, with tonight’s host’s certain to attempt to suppress the threat of the Premier League talent.
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