scotland Team News:

Clarke has four of his Kilmarnock players in the squad, including three defenders. Leigh Griffiths and Ollie McBurnie both miss out.

cyprus Team News:

Macclesfield's Stelios Demetriou has been left out for Cyprus. However, Southend's Jason Demetriou features here.

scotland vs cyprus Tip Reason:

Scotland may have topped their Nations League group back in the Autumn, but they’re starting a brand new era in Saturday’s meeting with Cyprus. Alex McLeish departed the top job after the opening two qualifiers, which included a humiliating 3-0 loss in Kazakhstan. That seems to have hit their qualifying hopes hard, while the Scottish FA were worried by the number of players who were refusing to heed McLeish’s call. That led to the appointment of Steve Clarke, but can he turn things around? Clarke comes into the role with his stock high following a strong stint at Kilmarnock. He took the club from relegation turmoil to the Europa League during his short reign, while he pulled off several high-profile victories against Celtic and Rangers in that time. He’s got Scottish Premiership experience while he’s worked well with limited resources against bigger rivals. That’s going to be crucial for the Scots, who have a tricky group to get out of. Cyrpus have kicked off with three points from two games, after hammering San Marino and then losing to Belgium. They went down 2-0 at home to the Red Devils, but that game isn’t likely to impact their qualification bid. We expect the visitors to come here targeting a result, but they’re meeting the Scots at the wrong time. Had they make this trip during the McLeish reign, things might have been different. Now the Scots are looking at this game expecting a positive result. Scotland toiled to their first win in the group, beating San Marino 2-0 in their last game under McLeish. However, that same side is likely to be the bedrock for Clarke’s time with the national side. While there were plenty of problems in the Scottish setup, this is still a side who have won three of their last four games, with a Euro 2020 playoff spot secured with a chance of qualifying automatically. Meanwhile, Cyprus have lost 12 of their last 14 away trips, with a real issue in attack. They were beaten to nil in four of their five matches in the World Cup qualifiers, only scoring at Gibraltar. Meanwhile, only England were able to score in the last four World Cup qualifiers at Hampden, while the Scots won each of their home Nations League matches. We see Scotland claiming a win, so we’re backing a home win to nil with Cyprus losing to nil in five of their last eight trips.

Scotland vs Cyprus Betting Prediction:

Scotland 2 1 Cyprus
Tip: 1


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