David faces Goliath at Alphamega Stadium in what is expected to be an entertaining Euro 2024 qualifiers contest. Our sportsbook offers the best markets in the European top five leagues.
Cyprus Has Worst Defense in Europe
Trying and failing to qualify for the European Championships 15 times in a row, Cyprus has been the resident whipping boys in Group A and is at risk of ending another doomed preliminary campaign with the worst defensive record the continent has to offer.
The fact they fell 0-4 against Georgia last month says enough. Avoiding a disaster in this match against Spain would be considered a big success for head coach Temuri Ketsbaia and his men.
Cyprus and San Marino enter November’s international break as two of the five teams without a win in Euro 2024 qualifying, an unwanted feat shared by Liechtenstein, Malta and Gibraltar. However, Temur Ketsbaia’s men did test Georgia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili on a few occasions last time out.
There is a notable absentee from the Cyprus squad for November’s internationals, as 12-goal attacker Pieros Sotiriou, who sits joint-third in his nation’s all-time scoring charts, will play no part for his country this month.
Veteran striker Demetris Christofi, who has scored nine times for the hosts, is nowhere to be seen either, piling more pressure onto the shoulders of 20-year-old Loizos Loizou, who has just a solitary strike to show from 25 international caps.
Spain Fighting for Top Spot
A total of 15 points from 18 on offer has La Roja level with fellow finalists Scotland, and the two sides cannot be separated in any head-to-head statistical category either, having each beaten the other 2-0 in Group A, but Spain’s superior goal difference has them clinging onto first place.
While their flights have already been booked, Spain ought not to rest on their laurels while the top spot is at stake, as such a placement would potentially lead to a more favorable draw for the 2008 and 2012 champions. Luis De la Fuente’s rejuvenated team brings a six-game winning streak to Limassol.
Kepa Arrizabalaga and Aymeric Laporte are both injured and, thus, absent from the squad, but Spain still boasts immense quality in the likes of Rodri, Gavi and Alvaro Morata, so we will continue to include them in our best soccer bets for Nov 16.
With qualification wrapped up, De la Fuente has taken a punt on four uncapped players in Alex Grimaldo, Alex Remiro, Rodrigo Riquelme and Aleix Garcia, and the former is in with a strong chance of making his first appearance.
Spain finally add their best long-range passer/provider of switches – Aleix García – to go with an increasing stable of dynamic wingers.
Remains to be seen how much he’ll play or if he’ll stick around, but his distribution deserves to be displayed at international level. pic.twitter.com/uuiWqGVNua
— La Pausa (@lapausa_pod) November 10, 2023
Spain Rock-Solid at the Back
Soccer betting fans have seen Spain concede just three goals in six qualifying matches. Cyprus, meanwhile, has only scored two in seven, conceding 25. Spain have won their last two fixtures against Cyprus by a 14-0 aggregate scoreline.
No Spanish player has scored more opening goals than Alvaro Morata this qualifying campaign. Spain has won eight of their nine meetings with Cyprus, with six of those games featuring 5+ goals.
Cyprus vs Spain Match Information
- Game: Cyprus (0-0-7) vs Spain (5-0-1)
- Location: Alphamega Stadium, Kolossi, Cyprus
- Day/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 12 p.m. ET
- Cyprus vs Spain LiveStream: Fox, Fubo. tv
Cyprus vs Spain Betting Lines
Cyprus vs Spain Betting Picks for Nov 16
The visitors enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -2500 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal line is set at 4.
De la Fuente may be tempted to tinker with a winning formula on Thursday against the group’s basement boys, but while first place in the section is yet to be determined, the Spain head coach ought to go strong in the hope of another Cypriot crushing.
The 4-0 defeat to Georgia says everything about the hosts, but we can envisage an identical result in Limassol, where Spain should not suffer any similar scares en route to a seventh-straight win.
Match Pick: First 10 Minute Result – Spain (+260)
Questions Of The Day
Which Spain player has the highest probability of scoring in the Cyprus vs Spain match?
It’s very important to check the official lineups before doing a prop bet. If Alvaro Morata makes the starting lineup, he should score at least once.
Which team is most likely to accumulate the most yellow cards in Cyprus vs Spain?
This game should stay under if we’re talking about cards because Cyprus has nothing to fight for but pride and Spain will not risk too much.