Cyprus vs Wales: Euro 2016 in sight for Gareth Bale and Chris Coleman

A look ahead to the Group B Euro 2016 qualifier at the GSP Stadium

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An in-form Wales side travel to Cyprus this Thursday night in what is a crucial game in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. If Wales can win they will stay top of the group and give themselves a great opportunity to win it and book a place in France next summer.

It’s a big game for…

Andy King: The Welshman was sent off in the first meeting between the two sides back in October, almost costing his side the win. Wales did triumph 2-1 despite his red card, but the Leicester City midfielder will be looking for a big performance especially due to Joe Allen missing the game through injury.

Best stat…

1992: It has been 23 years since Wales won in Cyprus, losing their last two games 3-1 and 1-0 away from home against the Cypriots.

Remember when…

Wales defeated Cyprus 2-1 in their first Euro 2016 qualifier back in October. The game saw two first half goals from David Coterhill and Hal Robson-Kanu which were enough to beat their opponents despite playing most of the second half with ten men due to an Andy King red card.

 

Player to watch…

Gareth Bale: When is he ever not the player to watch? The Real Madrid superstar will be looking to add to his 5 goals in Wales’ last 8 European qualifiers.

Past three-meetings…

Wales 2 (Coterhill, Robson-Kanu) Cyprus 1 (Laban), European qualifier, October 2014

Cyprus 3 (Okkas 2, Charalambides) Wales 1 (Collins), European qualifier, October 2007

Wales 3 (Koumas, Earnshaw, Bellamy) Cyprus 1 (Okkas), European qualifier, October 2006

Form guide…

Wales: WDWDWW

Cyprus: WLLWLW

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: 7.45pm

TV: Live on Sky Sports.

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