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Thursday's Euro Championship qualifying predictions including Cyprus vs. Spain

Sports Mole provides score predictions and previews for all of today's Euro Championship qualifying fixtures, including Cyprus vs. Spain.

Georgia vs. Scotland (Thursday, 5.00pm)

Scotland's Billy Gilmour celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on October 17, 2023© Reuters

With their first-placed destiny technically still in their own hands, Scotland's penultimate match of Euro 2024 qualifying sees Steve Clarke's side travel to Tbilisi for Thursday's Group A showdown with Georgia.

While the visitors will be present at next year's Finals, Willy Sagnol's men will have a second bite at the cherry in the playoffs after a turbulent qualification campaign.

We say: Georgia 1-1 Scotland

With Adams watching on from the medical room and a distinct lack of wide defenders, Scotland could be fighting an uphill battle to make it two for two against Georgia, whose defence-heavy setup should prove difficult to penetrate on home soil.

Clarke's side have much more on the line than Sagnol's men, who are enjoying a simple cruise to the playoffs, but the Crusaders should not take their foot off the gas at home and have the wherewithal to restrict Scotland to just the one point on Thursday.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

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Estonia vs. Austria (Thursday, 5.00pm)

Austria's Marcel Sabitzer celebrates scoring their second goal on October 13, 2023© Reuters

Still capable of pipping Belgium to top spot in Euro 2024 qualifying Group F, Austria close out a successful preliminary campaign when they do battle with Estonia in Tallinn on Thursday.

In contrast, the hosts have only accrued one point from a possible 18 in the section, but their journey is not done and dusted just yet, as a playoff place remains on offer for the time being.

We say: Estonia 0-2 Austria

Austria flattered to deceive and then some during their opening showdown with Estonia, but with just 90 minutes left to try to snatch first place from Belgium's grasp, Rangnick's reinforced men should come up with the goods in Tallinn.

Bolstered by the returns of Alaba and Danso, the Boys should have little trouble keeping their shot-shy opponents at arm's length as Estonia simply wait to learn their playoff fate.

Our tipster partners are predicting an away win.

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Azerbaijan vs. Sweden (Thursday, 5.00pm)

Sweden's Viktor Gyokeres celebrates scoring their first goal with Mattias Svanberg, Dejan Kulusevski and Emil Forsberg on October 16, 2023© Reuters

An inconsequential Euro 2024 qualifying Group F takes place in Baku on Thursday, as Azerbaijan welcome Sweden to the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium.

Both nations have already been eliminated from top-two contention, but Sweden's fate paled into insignificance amid the distressing scenes in Brussels last month.

We say: Azerbaijan 0-2 Sweden

Without a win or even a goal from their three previous showdowns with Sweden, Azerbaijan's scoreless and victory-less streak versus the Scandinavians ought to continue on Thursday, even if Andersson's men understandably find it difficult to focus on the football.

The Blue and Yellows gave Belgium a good run for their money without Isak last month, and we expect Andersson's final away match in charge to end in a comfortable success.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

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Cyprus vs. Spain (Thursday, 5.00pm)

Spain's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring against Scotland on October 12, 2023© Reuters

Already assured of a spot at next year's Euro 2024 finals, Spain's penultimate qualifying Group A game takes place on Thursday evening, as La Roja take on Cyprus at the Alphamega Stadium.

While the visitors are now in a two-horse race with Scotland for top spot, the final whistle cannot blow soon enough for the hosts on the back of a disastrous campaign.

We say: Cyprus 0-4 Spain

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 scoreline certainly flattered Georgia in their recent contest with 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.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 3.5 goals.

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> How Spain could line up against Cyprus

Bulgaria vs. Hungary (Thursday, 5.00pm)

Hungary's Roland Sallai celebrates scoring their second goal with Dominik Szoboszlai on October 14, 2023© Reuters

Top faces bottom in Group G of Euro 2024 qualifying as basement nation Bulgaria play host to high-flying leaders Hungary on Thursday evening.

The contest was initially scheduled to take place at Stadion Hristo Botev in Plovdiv, but a late venue change due to ongoing construction work means this fixture will now be hosted at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia, a "unsportsmanlike" decision slammed by the Hungarian federation this week.

We say: Bulgaria 0-2 Hungary

Iliev will hope to make an immediate impact in his first home game in charge of Bulgaria, but success on Thursday will be a tall order against an in-form Hungary side seeking to seal their qualification for Euro 2024.

The visitors, who can secure top spot in Group G with a win in Sofia, cruised to victory in the reverse fixture earlier this year and they should have few problems coming out on top against the Lions once again.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

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Montenegro vs. Lithuania (Thursday, 7.45pm)

Montenegro's Stevan Jovetic celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on October 17, 2023© Reuters

Montenegro play host to Lithuania at Podgorica City Stadium for their penultimate Euro 2024 qualifier in Group G on Thursday night.

The two nations meet for the first time since playing out a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture held in Kaunus in September.

We say: Montenegro 2-1 Lithuania

While there is nothing but pride riding on this fixture for Lithuania, Montenegro can keep their slim hopes of securing a top-two finish in Group G alive with a win on Thursday, but they must hope that Serbia fail to beat Bulgaria on Sunday.

Lithuania managed to frustrate Montenegro in the reverse fixture, but we believe the hosts will do enough to claim a slender victory this time around.

Our tipster partners are predicting a home win.

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Slovakia vs. Iceland (Thursday, 7.45pm)

Slovakia's Stanislav Lobotka celebrates scoring their second goal with Milan Skriniar on October 13, 2023© Reuters

Slovakia can seal their place at Euro 2024 with just a point when they welcome Iceland to Bratislava on Thursday.

A win over Luxembourg on matchday eight has put the hosts on the brink of a third successive finals appearance, taking them five points clear in the group.

We say: Slovakia 2-0 Iceland

Slovakia's 2-1 win in June was the first-ever competitive meeting between the nations, and back on home soil, the hosts will expect another result to confirm their place at the finals.

Iceland won a 2008 friendly here against their upcoming opponents, but with the odds firmly stacked against them, their hopes of automatic progression will likely end here.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

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Luxembourg vs. Bosnia H'vina (Thursday, 7.45pm)

Luxembourg players celebrate after the match on June 20, 2023© Reuters

One of the biggest overachievers across all of Euro 2024 qualifying, Luxembourg, will hope to keep their prospects of automatic qualification alive when they host Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday.

Bosnia are already eliminated after a wretched campaign, and Luxembourg need a huge favour from Iceland against Slovakia in one of the other Group J encounters to keep their chances intact heading into the final matchday.

We say: Luxembourg 0-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina

Luxembourg's bubble appears to have burst with just one point in their previous three qualifiers, almost ending hopes of finishing in the top two.

Bosnia have been a hapless mess in this group, but prior to their defeat in June, they had won all seven previous meetings with Luxembourg, keeping six clean sheets, and they will be determined to avoid a repeat of that dark day in Zenica over the summer.

Our tipster partners are predicting over 1.5 goals.

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Liechtenstein vs. Portugal (Thursday, 7.45pm)

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal on October 13, 2023© Reuters

Runaway Group J leaders Portugal travel to Vaduz to face the section's whipping boys Liechtenstein in Euro 2024 qualifying on Thursday.

With Portugal already confirmed to win the group and Liechtenstein guaranteed to finish bottom, the game will be a dead rubber.

We say: Liechtenstein 0-7 Portugal

In what will be a complete mismatch, anything that does not resemble a cricket score will be a positive for the beleaguered hosts.

Portugal have steamrolled everyone in their way in Group J and are on course to make it 10 wins from 10 starting with a comfortable win here.

Our tipster partners are predicting under 3.5 goals.

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> How Portugal could line up against Liechtenstein

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