Cyprus welcome Northern Ireland to AEK Arena in Group 2 of 2022-23 UEFA Nations League C.
Victory would see Cyprus move off the bottom of Team 2 at Northern Ireland’s expense and perhaps in next relying on the result of Kosovo’s clash towards Greece.
Northern Eire meanwhile can continue to be third at bare minimum with a win though next spot is feasible based on the outcome of Kosovo’s clash in opposition to Greece.
Cyprus have no new personal injury issues to report following their defeat to Kosovo in midweek, with Hibernian’s Alex Gogic amongst gamers accessible for collection.
Northern Eire also have no new injury problems to report as the adhering to five players all all over again seem for a 1st senior global cap Josh Clarke, Brodie Spencer, Caolan Boyd-Munce, Charlie McCann and Conor McMenamin.
Jonny Evans in the meantime could be rested as supervisor – Ian Baraclough appears to be to take care of Evans’ fitness subsequent an inconsistent injuries-strike campaign.
- Cyprus have received just one particular of 6 former matches from Northern Eire in all competitions (W1, D2, L3).
- Northern Eire have avoided defeat in two of three earlier visits to Cyprus across all competitions (W1, D1, L1).
- Ireland have not conceded in their last a few meetings from Cyprus in all competitions (W1, D2), winning 3- in May 1973 right before their very last two clashes concluded goalless in August 2002 and March 2014 respectively.
- Cyprus have scored two times in two of their past a few residence matches in all competitions.
- Northern Eire are still to win a match in the UEFA Nations League right after 11 matches within this competitiveness (D3, L8).
Adhering to a scrappy defeat against Kosovo on Thursday evening the place they have been simply outplayed in attack even with matching their visitors in most other facets of perform, Cyprus absolutely will be keen to bounce back in this article with a robust functionality supplied their recent house type.
Northern Ireland meanwhile appear to be cursed in this competitors with no wins from 11 matches but if there is a match to end that dismal operate, it definitely has to be this recreation if they can tighten up their defending and clinically get chances which they failed to do against Greece on Thursday.
Both of those groups nonetheless have work to do so I am not expecting a amazing contest by any stretch but this is Northern Ireland’s to shed offered their type against Cyprus, nonetheless the hosts surely won’t make daily life effortless if they engage in like they did versus Kosovo.
Prediction: Cyprus -1 Northern Ireland