Martinez and his Belgium national team travel to Cyprus for qualifying match.
Cyprus national team take on the visitors Belgium in the round 1 match of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played at GSP Stadium on Tuesday, September 6th.
Cyprus national team don’t belong to the leading teams in Europe and never involved in battle for top places in their qualifying groups. However, they may cause troubles to pretty much any opponents in one single match especially at won turf. Cyprus played eight matches in 2016, taking two wins and suffering six defeats. However, five of these loses were only by one goal. However, exactly Belgium managed to win their match over Cyprus confidently, 5-0.
Belgium were one of the favorites for the title in Euro 2016 but they got eliminated in the quarterfinals after unexpected but deserved loss to Wales, 1-3. This failure cost Marc Wilmots his job and qualifying campaign to the World Cup in Russia will be a new challenge to Roberto Martinez and his assistant Thierry Henry. Belgium have one of the most skilled squads in the world but they are simple a group of individuals who don’t battle as one team. However, the level on Belgium players is that high they are unquestionable favorites of the group despite summer failure and appointment of quite ambiguous manager.
Cyprus and Belgium national teams played eight head-to-heads and seven of them ended with wins of the Red Devils while one match was a draw. Appointment of new manager and his first match in charge of the team would give the team a positive impulse and we should expect another triumph of Belgium over Cyprus.
Prediction for the match: Belgium to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.