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Nations League 15 November: Greece vs Finland preview

Nations League 15 November: Greece vs Finland preview

Greece vs Finland 21:45 Olympiako Stadio, Spyros Louis, Ateena
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The Nations league group stage is on its penultimate round. Finland leads the group 2 in the C-League after winning all their games without conceding a goal. Greece is second at the moment and is the only team who can catch them. They are however 6 points behind so they would have to beat Finland and Estonia and Finland would need to lose to Hungary in their final game. Even that might not be enough as then the teams would be on even points and the decider would be the matches against each other. Finland beat Greece in the last round 2-0 so Greece needs to beat Finland with same score or by at least 3 goals as away goals count.

Greece comes to this match with a new head coach. Angelos Anastasiadis is an old school head coach and the first Greek head coach for the Greece national team since 2001. He won´t have much time to change the playing style but he did bring three new players into the team; Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos,  Panionios winger Giorgos Masouras and Olympiakos defender Leonardo Koutris.

Greece does not have that good home record in their recent matches. They did beat Hungary 1-0 in the last game, but that was only their 3rd win in the last 10 home games. The other wins have come against Cyprus and Gibraltar. The team has potential but they have not played up to their standard for some reason. They are hoping that Anastasiadis will change that.

Finland comes into this match with full confidence but they have some important missing players in these matches. From midfield they are missing captain Tim Sparv and Rasmus Schuller. They have Glen Kamara who played a really good game against Greece the last time out, but anyone who pairs with him in the center midfield will be weaker than the missing two players. They can either use a more offensive Joni Kauko or a more defensive Thomas Lam.

Finland has another issue at right back as Jukka Raitala who played really well in earlier games is injured. They called to the team after long absence Sparta Rotterdam defender Janne Saksela but he might be second choice to Albin Granlund. Granlund has played under Finnish head coach Kanerva and has not lost yet but still he is not as good as Raitala.

Finland has many strengths though. Lukas Hradecky is an excellent goalkeeper and Finland has now kept a clean sheet in their last 5 games. Glen Kamara and former Panathinaikos midfielder Robin Lod have been excellent in midfield, but the biggest star has been Teemu Pukki who has scored already 3 goals in this Nations League and he has been in form for Norwich in the championship also.

Previous meetings:

Finland 2-0 Greece – Nations League Sep 2018
Greece 0-1 Finland – Euro qualifiers Sep 2015
Finland 1-1 Greece – Euro qualifiers Oct 2014
Greece 2-1 Finland – Friendly Feb 2008
Finland 5-1 Greece – WC qualifiers Sep 2001
Greece 1-0 Finland – WC qualifiers Oct 2000

Prediction:

The teams met last in Athens in the previous Euro qualifiers in 2015 when Finland won 0-1. This game looks underish as the Greek offense has not worked that well and the Finnish defense is in form. Lets go with a low scoring draw. Finland can also surprise.

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