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Cyprus v Northern Ireland Live Stream Schedule : Watch Online from GSP Stadium Nicosia as O’Neill looks to stop away rot

Breaking Cyprus v N. Ireland live stream schedule plus team news and match preview from the GSP Stadium in Nicosia (KO 18:00 GMT).

Northern Ireland will begin their preparations for the 2016 European Championship when they travel to take on Cyprus on later this evening.

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Manager Michael O’Neill has named two uncapped players in his squad with MK Dons midfielder Ben Reeves and Paul Paton included while Dean Shiels, Pat McCourt and Kyle Lafferty are also included in the squad.

The inclusion of Reeves in particular has captured the imagination of O’Neill with the former Shamrock Rovers manager keen to see how the 22 year old performs.

“He’s had a good season and has scored 10 goals. It’s important to (get) the chance to integrate him and give us more resources to pick from.” O’Neill told the BBC.

The inclusion of the experienced trio will be a boost to a Northern Irish side that will travel without Jonny Evans, Aaron Hughes, Chris Baird, Corry Evans, Lee Hodson and Jonny Steele.

Cyprus meanwhile will have a new man in the dugout with Pambos Christodoulou taking charge of his first match. Christodoulou was appointed as the successor to Nikos Nioplias after a disappointing Cypriot qualification campaign for the FIFA World Cup.

Under the Greek coach Cyprus finished bottom of their group with just five points and are without a win in 18 months.

With confidence low former AEL Limassol and Anorthosis coach Christodoulou has opted against making wholesale changes to the squad and focusing on getting a win against a Northern Ireland that has lost four of their last five games.

18-year-old Andreas Makris, Giorgos Loizou and Georgios Aresti are the new faces in the squad while Andreas Papathanasiou in is line for his first cap in four years.

The game against the Cypriots is set to go ahead despite concerns over the safety of players and officials following the bombing of a referee’s car. The car of top Cypriot official, Leontios Trattos was damaged by a bomb explosion on Friday morning, but thankfully no one was injured.

While security will be the focus on Wednesday, the country’s armed forces will have their work cut out with a friendly between Ukraine and the United States also scheduled for Larnaca due to political unrest in the eastern European country.

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