Andorra vs Cyprus by Luca Garzeli

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There are no real options for this two teams to qualify for France 16', but those 6 points that Cyprus has so far in his scorer, make this game more attractive, in order to collect 3 more points with 4 games remaininig. Christodoulou's men have been struggling to win in Bosnia, in a surprising 1:2 match last september, and two months later won easily 5:0 Andorra in 1st leg encounter. They are 5th right now, 2w/0d/3l - 9gs/10gc. Not bad at his level, fighting every game, except when they played in Bruxelles, being demolished 5:0 by Belgium with some absences.


Andorra is the 3rd worst national team in Europe. They don't win a game since 2004, when a better national team (Koldo, Juli Fernàndez, Marc Barnaus, Genís García) won 1:0 FYR Macedonia in Andorra, and they don't steal an official point since a year later, when they tied 0:0 against Finland. 48 games in a row losing, 0 points in the table, 0/w/0d/5l - 2gs/20gc and a cypriote team that need imperiously these 3 points to stay alive in this impossible mission: fight for 3rd place.


For this game, Koldo called 5 players that play out of Andorra (4th Division in Spain) and the u21 man Aaron Sanchez, that had been waiting his international debut with A team, since last 5:0 in Cyprus. For Cyprus, their manager can call this time some players injured against Belgium, like Giorgallides GK. (Omonia) Dossa Junior def. (Legia) Charalambou mid. (AEK Larnaka) or Demetriou mid. (Anorthosis). Most important think here is the retourn of two key attack players: Christofi (4/3) (APOEL) and Efrem (3/3) (Sion). Some players are still out, as Aloneftis (APOEL) or 3 Apollon players (Merkis, Stylianou, Angeli). Christodoulou has called two new faces: Alexandre Negri (Brazil-born GK) and Roushias (u21 man FW) in order to complete the call.


In my opinion, Cyrpus is not a very talented national team. However, manager is trying to play attack game always as possible. Andorra is a weak NT, with no wins since 2004. Cypriot team managed to win in Bosnia, and in the 1st leg they attack 90 minutes and Andorra remained defending all the time. Home team's scorer record is 5 goals in 5 years, and most of his goals are due to penalty kick or headers by his center back Sonjee. My pick is 0:2. Maybe a close game is possible in some situations, because Cyprus has some troubles in terms of lack of creativity in some moments, and anticipating a possible lately goal, I chose -1.25 and not -1.5 saving half bet with hypothetical 0:1.




· Cyprus have won all four of their meetings with Andorra, and have not conceded in the last three.


· Andorra has score 5 goals in 5 years in official games


· Cyprus collected 6 points in 5 games, 3 times more than Poland & Ukraine qualify's last 10 games (2 points)


· Andorra has lost 29 straight games at home (all competitions and friendly). Last defeat 0:1 against Guinea Ecuatorial, past saturday.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Cyprus -1.25 AH Pinnacle 1.79 7 1-3 WON (+5.53 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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Comments (1)
Luca Garzeli
My first pick. I mean, Cyprus -1.25. Next time I put the AH correctly, my fault.
06/12/2015 - 15:19
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