Georgia - Cyprus predictions and free betting tips [15/10/2023]
On Sunday, 15th October, as part of the Euro 2024 qualifying tournament, the Georgian National Team will face the Cyprus team. The Cypriots will try to take revenge on the "Crusaders" following the 2:1 loss in June, especially since both teams have essentially lost their chances of making it into the strongest pair.
Predicted Team Compositions
Georgia: Mamardashvili; Kvirkvelia, Kashia, Mamuchashvili; Gocholeishvili, Kiteishvili, Kvekveskiri, Chakvetadze, Azarovi; Kvaratskhelia, Mikautadze.
Cyprus: Mall; Karo, Gogic, Kyprianou; Andreou, Kyriakou, Kousoulos, Charalampous, Correia; Kastanos, Christofi.
The match will be held in Tbilisi at the Mikhail Meskhi Stadium.
Georgia has a serious task ahead, as the team has never participated in major competitions on the European or world stage in its history. Led by Willy Sagnol, they will undoubtedly aim to regain lost ground in September following the heavy defeat by Spain (1:7), not to mention a subsequent away failure in Norway (2:1) a few days later. It's clear that landing in the strongest pair in Group A seems impossible for the home team, who still have fixtures ahead with Scotland, Spain, and Norway. With 5 goals scored and 13 conceded, Georgia can no longer afford to falter.
This week the White-Reds left no chances for Thailand in a friendly match (8:0). Ajax's forward, Giorgi Mikautadze became the first player in the country's history to score four goals in a single match; other luminaries included Zuriko Davitashvili (2), Luka Lokhosvili, and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. In general, the "Crusaders", who rank 79th globally according to FIFA, has only won two out of the last eight Euro qualifiers on their home soil.
Cyprus no longer has any real tournament motivation and fully understands that it failed the current qualifying campaign. Indeed, the Cypriots are last in the group with zero points and, more importantly, with a disastrous goal-to-game ratio (2/21). Only San Marino (21) conceded more goals in the Euro qualification than Cyprus, which yielded not less than three goals in five out of six recent matches – the only exception being the 2:1 loss to Georgia in June. On Thursday evening, the islanders hosted Norway at home and were ultimately smashed once again (4:0). In September, the Cypriots lost twice to Scotland (0:3) and then to Spain (6:0). This squad, ranked 120th in the world by FIFA, hasn't been able to win any of the last 16 away matches in all competitions.
In the first round in June, the Georgians achieved an away victory of 2:1.
Prediction for the Georgia – Cyprus Match
This will be an important game for Georgia, which, despite its scant chances, still hasn't given up hope of making it into the strongest pair. At home, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and his teammates should handle the task at hand and add a second victory over Cyprus in this qualifying tournament, whose team is in deep crisis. The Islanders have lost five consecutive matches, and are probably going to succumb again on Sunday. I'm betting on a handicap of -1.5 for the red-whites.
The Cyprus team conceded 21 goals in six played rounds – that's 3.5 per game. Considering the decent attack of the home team, we confidently bet on Georgia's ITO 1.5.
From the very first minutes, Georgia will take the initiative and siege the islanders' goals – and consequently win the first half corners with a -1.5 handicap.
Yellow Card Prediction
The Cypriots are technically under-equipped and will foul more frequently, breaking the tempo of the opponent's attacks. I'm betting on a guest win in yellow cards.
I'm betting on an exact score of 3:0 in favor of the Georgian team.