Cyprus vs San Marino Match Info
Date: Thursday March 21 2019
Kick-off time: 5.00pm GMT
Venue: GSP Stadium, Nicosia
Cyprus vs San Marino Head-To-Head Record
4 previous matches
September 12 2007: Cyprus 3-0 San Marino
August 22 2007: San Marino 0-1 Cyprus
February 10 1999: Cyprus 4-0 San Marino
November 18 1998: San Marino 1-0 Cyprus
Cyprus vs San Marino Stats
- San Marino have lost their last 27 matches since the start of 2015
- In only three of those 27 games did San Marino score a goal
- Cyprus have won just one of their latest 13 matches
Cyprus vs San Marino Match Preview
Cyprus face a very difficult task to qualify for Euro 2020, but at least they should begin their qualifying campaign with a straightforward victory over San Marino.
The Cypriots suffered relegation last November in their inaugural UEFA Nations League campaign and now find themselves battling with the likes of Belgium, Russia and Scotland for the two automatic places available from Group I at next year’s tournament.
However, Israeli coach Ran Ben Shimon’s Cyprus side could not face an easier start against San Marino, who are quite simply the worst international team in Europe by some distance as illustrated by the stats above.
For this match and the much more difficult test against Belgium in the same Nicosia stadium on Sunday, Ben Shimon has named a 23-man squad which contains only five players who belong to clubs outside of Cyprus.
Their talisman these days is probably striker Pieros Sotiriou, who plays for Danish club Copenhagen, and he has scored six goals in 32 games for his country.
San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini, who plays for Italian third-tier club Novara, can expect to have a busy evening against Sotiriou and his colleagues.
But with Cyprus not having had the best of runs themselves over the last 18 months, Benedettini is unlikely to end up embarrassed and San Marino are backed to prevent a landslide scoreline.
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Cyprus vs San Marino Betting Tip
Cyprus to win and under 3.5 goals in the match @ 5/4 with Paddy Power