Gibraltar go into tonight’s game against Cyprus with a degree of optimism, especially after their performance when losing 3-1 to their opponents in Nicosia last year.
Jeff Wood has taken a 20-man squad to Faro this time out and includes most of the familiar names, with only Kyle Goldwin and Alain Pons uncapped among the squad. Lee Casciaro scored in the 3-1 defeat and will look to lead the line again, while JP Duarte is pushing for a start after impressive club form for St Joseph’s – his 15 goals helped the club secure Europa League football next season.
For Cyprus, the game has an important touch for them as well with captain Constantinos Charalambides seemingly set to retire from international duty after the game – Constantinos Laifis and Pieros Sotiriou who scored in the reverse fixture are both in the current Cypriot team, who also have English-based players in Southend’s Jason Demetriou and Walsall striker Andreas Makris.
Wood has the dilemma of who to pick in goal tonight – with both Deren Ibrahim and Jamie Robba both showing promise at international level either keeper has a case to start, while after recovering from injury, Goldwin’s club form has warranted his place at international level – whether he can break past Robba and Ibrahim to take the number one jersey remains to be seen.
The betting understandably has Cyprus as huge favourites, with their best price being 2/11, while the best odds you can get on a draw is 7/1 – perhaps an achievable outcome for Gib, who are best price 20/1 to go one further and win tonight.