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Cyprus have won their last two home games against Wales, but have their work cut out if they are to defeat the Group B leaders for the first time in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying.

Preview: European qualifiers on 3 September ©AFP/Getty Images

Cyprus will look to become the first side to beat Wales in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying as the Group B leaders head south for their first game of the autumn campaign.

Previous meetings
• Wales beat Cyprus 2-1 in Cardiff in their first Group B meeting, despite playing much of the second half with ten men following Andy King's dismissal.

• Cyprus's record in six games against Wales is W2 D0 L4 (W2 D0 L1 at home). They have won their last two home games against Wales.

• Current Wales manager Chris Coleman played in his nation's sole win in Cyprus, a 1-0 success in FIFA World Cup qualifying on 14 October 1992.

• Vincent Laban misses the tie through suspension.

• Wales midfielder Joe Allen is absent as he begins a one-match ban. Joe Ledley is a booking away from a suspension.

Form guide
• Cyprus's 5-0 win against Andorra in their last Group B home game ended a run of five games without a competitive home success.

• Wales are the only unbeaten side left in Group B. Their record on the road is W2 D1 with no goals conceded in their last two Group B away fixtures.

Trivia and links
• Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey ended the spring campaign one appearance shy of 50 for his country.

• Group B has proved to be the most competitive section in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying so far, with just six points separating the top five sides.

• Cyprus's George Efrem (in the 5-0 home win against Andorra) and Nestor Mytidis (in the 3-1 away win against Andorra) scored the first two competitive hat-tricks in Cypriot history.

• Wales have won all three of the countries' encounters in UEFA age-group competitions.

• The only past meetings between the nations' clubs in UEFA competition came in the 1970/71 season when Cardiff City FC beat Pezoporikos FC 8-0 at home and drew the return leg 0-0 in Larnaca.