Portugal v Cyprus Match Preview
Will Cyprus cause an upset this weekend by beating the reigning European champions this weekend? We don't think so.
June 1st, 2017
Portugal went all the way in last summer’s European Championships and while they have been something of a mixed bag in recent outings, we don’t envisage them having too many problems against Cyprus in this weekend’s international friendly.
The hosts head into this match on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Sweden on Tuesday evening but they should bounce back from this by winning this weekend and building up their momentum ahead of their first ever appearance in the FIFA Confederations Cup this month. Indeed Cyprus will be providing the Portuguese with ideal opposition given that Fernando Santos’ men enjoy an excellent record against their opponents having won all-but-one of their last ten meetings with just a single draw along the way.
Santos will be optimistic that the form book will be reigning supreme at the Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota although we will be without Cristiano Ronaldo’s services due to the player being on duty for Real Madrid in the Champions League Final. Nevertheless the Portugal coach will be able to call on the services of players such as Nani, Eder and Bernando Silva, therefore we’re not expecting too many difficulties for the home side.
Pepe will also play no part in this weekend’s activities although that certainly isn’t to say that Portugal will lack in any department. Indeed they demonstrated against France in the Euro 2016 Final that they possess quality in abundance and we don’t envisage that they will be subjected to an upset on Saturday.
For their part, Cyprus head into this game having won their last three outings and boss Christakis Christoforou will seek inspiration from captain Constantinos Charalambides. He may well get this hoped-for inspiration but it won’t be enough to lift his side to an unlikely victory in Portugal this weekend.