Finland (@2.2) vs Greece (@3.5)
29-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Finland will win

Finland – Greece Match Prediction | 29-08-2019 14:45

The striker has never quite lived up to lofty expectations, but he does have 17 goals for his country to currently lead the team, and he remains their target man. The Roma center back also has an assist in this competition already as well, showing just how much he means to his nation. The Greeks' joint top scorer (at one goal) is defender Kostas Manolas, meaning that he is very critical to them not only going forward but also on defence. Kostas Mitroglu is another to watch.

Greece, for all their potential and their ability to upset the bigger names, have disappointed hugely in this group, and it is now up to them to win this match and postpone their readmission to the league for another day. Expert Verdict: This match is a very big one for this current group, with both teams hoping to move up the ladder into the next League come the next edition of this tournament. Given their strength at home, it will be very tough for Finland to match them.

Greece vs Finland Predictions and Match Preview

Finland and Greece square off against each other at Ratinan Stadion on Monday evening. The Greeks, on the other hand, did well to get their revenge on Hungary on Friday evening and a victory over Finland will see them climb to top position in Group 2. However, considering that Finland have been impressive at the back of late, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Tampere. The Finns managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous four games in all competitions and that is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Greece. Finland are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in the UEFA Nations League and we predict that they are going to rely on their rock-solid defence against Greece. You should know that under 2.5 goals were scored in previous two meetings between the two teams.

In the past year, Greece have played just seven times in total. In those games, they have three wins and four losses, never winning- or losing- twice in a row in that run. The worrying part is that they have only four goals in those games, indicating that their defence is always required to be extremely good or they risk losing.

Some high-profile players make up his squad such as Marseilles Konstantinos Mitroglou and Romas Konstantinos Manolas so they really shouldnt be losing to the likes of Hungary, which will make them all the more motivated to come out victorious in this game. This format of the Nations League should be a great opportunity for Greece to qualify for a major tournament, but his side should really be doing slightly better than they already have. Michael Skibbe has been in charge of Greece since 2015 and in that time his side have failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia and the European Championships in France. Hungary managed seven shots on target, so the margin of victory really could have been higher, but Greece managed to bounce back in the reverse fixture at home as they won 1-0 against the Hungarians.

Greece Team News, Updates and Facts

At the other end of the pitch, Kostas Mitroglou ended his goalscoring drought and will lead the line again against Finland. Greeces lengthy injury list has seen Vasilis Torosidis added to the list of those ruled out, with Kyriakos Papdopoulos and Kostas Stafylidis also still injured at the back. Orestis Karnezis is having to wait for his 50th game in goal, with Vasilas Barkas given the nod last time out. Marios Oikonomou, Babis Lykogiannis and Tasos Donis are also injured leaving Sokratis Papastathopoulos to lead the defence.

They are the highest ranked team in the group but lost to 49th placed Hungary in their second match. Greece currently sit 42nd in the FIFA World Rankings, 16 places above Finland, but have already lost a game in the competition. Greece were fresh off the back of a comfortable 1-0 victory over Estonia where they had 62% of the possession but Greece couldnt bring that form into their second game as they fell 2-1 to Hungary.

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Michael Skibbe has been in charge of Greece since 2015 and in that time his side have failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia and the European Championships in France. Some high-profile players make up his squad such as Marseilles Konstantinos Mitroglou and Romas Konstantinos Manolas so they really shouldnt be losing to the likes of Hungary, which will make them all the more motivated to come out victorious in this game. This format of the Nations League should be a great opportunity for Greece to qualify for a major tournament, but his side should really be doing slightly better than they already have. Hungary managed seven shots on target, so the margin of victory really could have been higher, but Greece managed to bounce back in the reverse fixture at home as they won 1-0 against the Hungarians.

With three clean sheets, defensive strength has been key - and that extends beyond the UEFA Nations League too, with Romania the only team to score against Finland in a full international match in 2018. He left it late last time out, but the stoppage-time win against Estonia - their third 1-0 victory in a row - keeps them on track.

Robin Lod Winger set up Pukkis winner against Estonia last time out, while he has also contributed goals himself including two against Estonia last year. Joona Toivio With Greece expected to be a more potent attacking threat than Hungary and Estonia, the Finnish defence led by Toivio will be more severely tested. Teemu Pukki Three games, three winning goals the Norwich strikers UEFA Nations League has taken him to 15 goals for his country in total.

Prediction correct score: 2 - 0

Finland's defensive form will be key - only Romania have scored against them in a full international in 2018, and under 2.5 goals will return 1/2 with Bet365, Betway and 10Bet. Greece are favourites to beat Finland, at a best price of 29/20, but Finland's good form makes it hard to back against them. The draw is 11/5 with 888sport, while Greece to win and draw not bet is 8/11 with Betfair.