Since the first matchday of the European Championship qualification, the Greek national football team has not won anymore. What’s more, on matchdays three and four, the European champion of the year 2004 suffered two painful defeats, which mean that the Ethniki has to fear for its participation in the EM 2020.
Soccer Betting Prediction Finland vs Greece
It is currently five points behind the runners-up in Finland, making the away game in Tampere a kind of endgame. Leader Italy finally marches unmolested by the group, which is why today’s opponents are in direct battle for second place.
If Greece lose, this fight could not be won five games before the end with eight points behind. If the pirate ship returns to two counters with an away win, everything would be open again.
Finland is against Greece according to odds of bookmakers in the role of favorites, which is quite a remarkable assessment. After all, the Huuhkajat have yet to participate in any single European Championship finals and are considered number 57 in the FIFA World Ranking as a rather small football nation.
In Finland against Greece, the forecast must also take into account that the Galanolefki since the big coup at the 2004 European Championships have also lost much of their radiance. Neither at EURO 2016 nor at the 2018 World Cup did the Ethniki participate.
It will be all the more exciting to see who has the upper hand in this duel and with what starting position it will go in the second half of the qualifying round of the European Championship. Because of the uncertain outcome, we decide for Finland against Greece for the tip that both teams will score at least one goal. After all, the guests in particular can not afford to play a draw in Tampere.
Finland – Statistics & Current Form
For the Finnish national football team, which has never been successful in qualifying for a European Championship in football, let alone ever participated in a World Cup, it could go high in the coming year. Assuming the Huuhkajat actually succeed in qualifying for the first time in history for a final round successfully.
The course is set for any event, because after four games (three wins, one defeat) Finland is with nine points in second place in the group J, which would be up to date for the first participation in such a major tournament would be enough. Only against Italy put it on the first matchday away the expected 0: 2 defeat. All other three games went without conceding.
“I thought Roman could offer us an additional alternative with his level. His decision disappoints us. However, we have shown that we can achieve good results even without him. ” – Markku Kanerva at MTV Sports
All the more groundbreaking this week will be the match against Greece – certainly one of the big competitors in the fight for the first European Championship in history – followed by the home game against Italy on Sunday. Both games take place in Tampere, and from a jump to first place to a fall to fifth place, practically everything is for the Huuhkajat.
No wonder that coach Markku Kanerva was very angry about the decision of Roman Eremenko (FC Rostov) not to return to the federation after the suspension (the player born in Russia was locked for two years because of crack consumption) after the suspension was completely over.
Even without the midfielder, the results were the last to match, which was certainly due to Goalgetter Teemu Pukki (Norwich City), who netted six times in the last ten appearances in the Finnish dress alone and could add another assist to the current upswing of the Huuhkajat.
In Finland against Greece – according to odds, the home side are the favorites – it will arrive on the former Schalke once more. Even with a draw, the table second would keep the Ethniki at a distance. Lukas Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen) also wants to ensure a familiar face from the Bundesliga for goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen).
Expected lineup of Finland:
↳ Hradecky – Urones – Arajuuri – Toivio – Raitala – Kamara – Sparv – Lappalainen – Lod – Karjalainen – Pukki
Last matches of Finland:
⚽️ 11.06.2019 – Liechtenstein vs Finland 0: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 08.06.2019 – Finland vs. Bosnia 2: 0 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Armenia Vs. Finland 0: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 23.03.2019 – Italy vs Finland 2: 0 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 11.01.2019 – Finland vs. Estonia 1: 2 (Non-FIFA Friendlies)
Greece – Statistics & Current Form
The Greek national football team was forced to act after the recent failures. First missed the European champion of the year 2004, the EURO 2016 and had to watch for the first time since winning the title again, when the most important title of Europe was played. And then the Ethniki failed even at the World Cup qualification 2018.
Because also in the Nations League at the end “only” third place in the group C2 was to book – the same group from which Finland made the promotion to league B perfect – the Galanolefki are now twice under pressure.
Eventually, failing to secure Group 20 one of 20 out of 24 places for the 2020 finals, the Greek national football team will not have a lifeline to the Nations League tournament, which will still be given four places. The more central is this fifth round of games, in which Greece can move up to two points at one stroke to Finland.
“At the moment, the most important thing is that we have a team on the pitch again. Only if that succeeds we need to talk about tactics. We analyzed the last few games and we saw that quality was there. But: We also saw that the players did not play their potential as a team. […] The passion has to return to the team. The Greek people deserve to see a team that breaks up for each other and achieves a positive result in the field. ” – John van ‘t Schip at Greek City Times
With the return match in mind, the European champion 2004 so that the qualification still in the hand, but needs the threesome in Tampere necessarily. No wonder that those in charge in the coaching chair readjusted and, with John van, t Schip – as a player in 1988 with the Netherlands European Champions – engaged an experienced man who was already coaching the Elftal between 2008 and 2010 as assistant coach.
At least verbally made the football teacher in his inaugural speech for a rousing atmosphere that reminded a little of the famous “From doubters to believers”, with the Jürgen Klopp once was making representations at Liverpool FC.
The only noteworthy surprise is probably the failure to consider the current top scorer Kostas Mitroglou (PSV Eindhoven), for whom Efthymis Koulouris (Toulouse), Giorgos Masouras (Olympiacos Piraeus) and Dimitris Limnios (PAOK Thessaloniki) have taken three strikers, all less than have played ten caps in the jersey of Galanolefki and come together at zero goals.
There are also the blank pages of Vangelis Pavlidis and Marios Vrousai (both Willem II). The more difficult it is to play Finland against Greece the tip on the away win of Ethniki, which, at least in terms of history, the clearly renowned team, but now has to fight, not prematurely to get out of the race for the return to the European Championship.
After all: At least defensively familiar John van, t Schip his veteran. Center of defense are captain Vasilis Torosidis (Olympiacos Piraeus) and long-running Sokratis (Arsenal FC).
Expected formation of Greece:
↳ Vlachodimos – Stafylidis – Torosidis – Sokratis – Manolas – Samaris – Fetfatzidis – Zeca – Pelkas – Koulouris – Masouras
Last matches of Greece:
⚽️ 11.06.2019 – Greece vs. Armenia 2: 3 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 08.06.2019 – Greece vs. Italy 0: 3 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 30.05.2019 – Turkey vs. Greece 2: 1 (friendly)
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Bosnia vs Greece 2: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 23.03.2019 – Liechtenstein vs Greece 0: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
Finland vs Greece Direct Comparison
Head to head: 5 – 3 – 8
There have been a total of 16 clashes between Finland and Greece so far, and half of the games have gone to the Ethniki in eight matches. Three draws and five Huuhkajat wins complete the direct comparison.
Most recently, both national teams faced each other in the 2018/19 Nations League. In October 2018, Finland also won 2-0 at home in Tampere against Galanolefki before the Greeks a month later in Athens in a 1-0 home win in the last meeting of both teams, the revenge succeeded.
⭐️ Finland vs Greece Betting Odds & more Interesting betting predictions:
Prediction Today: Over 2.5 goals
Prediction Today: Under 2.5 goals
Prediction of the Day: Both teams to score/ YES
Prediction of the Day: Both teams to score/ NO
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In Finland against Greece, the prediction is heavily influenced by the change of coach at the Ethniki. While the Huuhkajat coach Markku Kanerva has been firmly in office since 2016 and is now reaping the fruits of his work, the Greeks had to act again this summer, in order to have the remaining chance to participate after three winless European qualifying matches in series at the EURO 2020. A coaching change that can be both opportunity and risk.
Key facts – Finland vs Greece tips
⭐️ Never before has Finland been able to qualify successfully for an European Championship or World Cup
⭐️ Greece is only fifth in the league after five out of four games, five points behind second-placed matches after three straight games
⭐️ Finland won the last three games in the European Championship qualifier to zero
Thus, it is very difficult to estimate how quickly the Ethniki under John van, t Schip get back on track, which is why in Finland against Greece a tip in the classic 3-way system is a very difficult matter. Although the Finns have been victorious three times in a row in the last race, we believe that forced Greeks in Tampere will come at least to the away goal.
For the fact that in the end both teams will have scored at least one goal, we see on the whole a very high probability of occurrence, which promises in connection with the very attractive odds a lot of value.
After all, in Finland against Greece odds of 2.55 or a goal from both opponents on this fifth matchday of the European Championship Quali book. Because of the high value we play this bet with seven units correspondingly high.
Competition: Euro 2020 Qualifiers, Group. J
Betting Prediction: Both teams to score
Stake: 7/10 units