Cyprus – Belgium ( 24.03.2019)

Having defeated Europe’s worst team 5-0 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, Cyprus sit top of qualification Group I. Now though, they face the FIFA rankings’ newest #1 team in the world, and will need a miracle to stay top of the group, especially with a poor record of: W2, D3, L9, from their last 14 matches.
Though Belgium are odds-on to win comfortably, the Cypriots have won half of their last ten home matches (W5, D3, L2). However, the fact they have recorded just two clean sheets in their last 12 competitive home fixtures will surely be of some concern to head coach Ran Ben Shimon, who will now face one of Europe’s most feared attack force.
Belgium lost just one of their four UEFA Nations League matches in 2018 (W3, L1) and come into this game after a 3-1 win over World Cup quarter-finalists Russia in midweek. The ‘Red Devils’ have won on eight of their last nine competitive road trips (W8, L1).
Additionally, the six previous H2H meetings in Cyprus have seen Belgium take the win on five occasions (W5, D1), scoring 11 goals and conceding just once! Furthermore, eight of the ten competitive H2H meetings have seen only one side score.
Players to watch: Cyprus’ best player so far has been Pieros Sotiriou, who scored a brace in the opening round against San Marino. Meanwhile, Belgium’s number 10 Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick in his last competitive encounter with Cyprus back in 2017!
Stat attack: Cyprus have scored at least two goals in half of their last ten home fixtures, grabbing the win on all five occasions.
Belgium have scored the opening goal in each of their last nine competitive away games (excluding neutral venues).
The world’s ‘best’ national side have also failed to score in just one of their last 22 competitive away games.