EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Greece vs Finland Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Greece vs Finland kick off? Monday 18th November, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Greece vs Finland being played? OACA Spyros Louis

What TV channel is Greece vs Finland on? This match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football (red button)

Where can I stream Greece vs Finland? This match will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Greece vs Finland? Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the match

THE TEAM NEWS

GREECE

  • After a miserable qualifying campaign for the most part, Greece have shown some fight in the last couple of matches despite not having anything to play for as they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 back in October and they edged past Armenia 1-0 away from home on Friday.
  • Head coach John van't Schip clearly has future tournaments in mind as his squad is significantly younger than many Greek squads in recent years and his 25-year-old skipper Kostas Stafylidis is his most-capped player with 30.
  • Olympiacos midfielder Kostas Fortounis is a long-term absentee through injury, while the likes of Napoli’s Kostas Manolas, Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Olympiacos’ Vasilis Torosidis and PSV’s Kostas Mitroglu are all out of favour as the coach focuses on youth with his selections right now.

FINLAND

  • Finland finally reached their first ever major tournament on Friday after beating Liechtenstein 3-0 as they secured second spot behind Italy in Group J to reach EURO 2020 next summer.
  • Norwich striker Teemu Pukki was the star on Friday night with two more goals to take his overall tally to 24 in 79 international matches and the likelihood is that they will name a strong side for this trip to Athens with Bayer Leverkusen forward Joel Pohjanpalo their main injury absentee.
  • They will take heart from the fact that they beat Greece in the reverse fixture 1-0, and with six clean sheets in the group, they will target another as boss Markku Kanerva will not let them lose concentration for this match.

THE PREDICTION

There is nothing on the line for this final European qualifier as Greece have been eliminated, while Finland have been celebrating qualification for their first ever major tournament. Much will depend on how motivated and focused they are after qualifying with the win on Friday night but they have already beaten Greece once in this campaign. They are unlikely to ease off the gas as that is not in their nature, but this could very well have the feeling of a friendly match with little inspiration and quality of play. Do not expect many goals in this one.

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