Finland and Greece have faced each other 15 times and the advantage of the victories of Greece with the score 7:5. However, now the clear favorite of the match are Finns, who with the victory over the Greeks will greatly simplify their task of reaching the Euro from the second place.
The last time the teams met quite recently once in one group of the League of Nations. There, the teams exchanged homemade “dry” victories. But the Greeks, that victory didn’t help, and they took third place, but Finland won the first place and can claim the exit to the Euro through the League of Nations, unless of course you will not be able to pass through a sieve of qualification.
- The coefficients and forecast
The Finns were in a difficult group where the favorite was known even before the start of the draw. Is the national team of Italy, which heads the group. But Finland, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina were the main contenders for second place. And while it’s a competition win for the Finns.
After the defeat of Italy in the first round, the team Markku Kanerva scored 3 wins, managing to win Armenia, Liechtenstein and Bosnia and Herzegovina with the same score 2:0. Note that in these matches Finland is not conceded.
I wonder what the Finns in his field do not lose in official matches for more than 2 years from June 2017. During this time the team scored 5 victories and 1 draw. Moreover, the opponents in those games were not timid, Turkey, Iceland, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece. So, play with middling home Finland can.
The main advantage of Finland’s Teemu Pukki. Last season in the championship he became the best scorer of the team, scoring 29 goals for the season. Going to the Premier League with his “Norwich”, he did not stop there and scored in 4 appearances 5 goals. In qualifying for the Euros, he scored 3 goals, which is exactly half of all the goals of Finland in the tournament.
If team Finland is pleased their fans, the Greeks are hardly the biggest upset of the qualification.
In qualifying for the 2018 world Cup Greece took the second place after Belgium and did not get to the main tournament, losing to Croatia in the play-offs. It seemed that the Greeks may well in qualifying at the Euros, where in a group of giants there is only Italy easily take second place.
But having started the tournament with a win over Liechtenstein, the Greeks in the three subsequent matches managed to score just 1 point in the match with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The team lost to Italy with the score 0:3, and then presented the main sensation of last round, managed to lose to Armenia at home with the score 2:3. The coefficient on the victory of Armenia was about 8.
Thus, before the 5th round, Greece is on the 4th place in the group behind Italy for 8 points. Thus, if the Greeks lose and Finland, the chances even for the second place team will remain only theoretical.
Realizing this Federation Greece dismissed the Angelos Anastasiadis and put instead of Dutch coach John van ‘t SCHIP’s match with Finland will be his first game at the helm of the national team.
The coefficients and forecast
Offer to put on TB 1.5. This rate was three times in a 5 personal meetings of these teams. In addition, at least 2 goals they scored in every match of Greece and Finland in qualifying for Euro. For both teams this match is very important.
The Finns, he will remain in second place and have high chances of passage to the Euro. But the Greeks victory will give us the chance to get back in the fight for second place. Goals in this match should be.