In search of a miracle, Greece will host Croatia on Sunday 12 November in the second round of qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The match will be played at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus and is scheduled to start in August. 5:45 a.m. (Brasília time).
In the match played in Zabreg, the Croatians asserted the field command and thrashed by 4 to 1. In that way, they will guarantee another classification for world in case of victory, draw and even defeat by two goals difference. The Greeks only have to win by 3 to 0 or by four goals difference if they suffer a try. If they can return the marker, provocation extension and, if need be, decision by penalties.
Greece’s recent performance
Having a tradition of defensive football as a tradition, the Greek team often shows problems when it needs more offensive power. In the qualifiers, for example, they had to resort to the starting result of the last round to ensure mathematically the second place in group H and have the right to play the recap. Against the small Gilbraltar they managed a thrashing 4-0, which would be enough this Sunday. However, he was a semi-amateur opponent and technically far inferior in comparison to the Croats.
The selection complicated in the dispute exactly by not being able to drill the booms of Bosnia and Herzgovina (outside) and Estonia (in house). 0- 0 crashes took the opportunity of a closer fight with Belgium, who took the first place of the key. The Greeks managed to qualify for the two most recent World Cups. However, they were not successful in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil.
To try a turn that would be historic the coach Michael Skibbe can count on the return of the defender Kostas Manolas, of Rome. In the first game he fulfilled suspension applied by FIFA (International Football Federation) for having forced the second yellow card during the qualifiers.
The coach has for the match the following players available:
Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis, Stefanos Kapino, Giannis Anestis
Defenders: Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Kostas Manolas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Vassilis Torosidis, Kostas Stafylidis, Marios Oikonomou, Dimitris Kolovetsios, Georgios Tzavellas, Panagiotis Retsos, Charalampos Lykogiannis
Socks: Andreas Samaris, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Giannis Maniatis, Zeca, Alexandros Tziolis, Dimitrios Kourmpelis, Kostas Fortounis, Dimitris Pelkas, Anastasios Bakasetas, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
Attackers: Kostas Mitroglou, Dimitrios Diamantakos, Giannis Gianniotas, Apostolos Vellios
The current form of Croatia
Proponents of giving greater stability to technicians and allowing time for work have in the Croatian example a major obstacle to their arguments. The local Federation broke any procedural manual by dismissing the coach Ante Cacic three days before a decisive duel against Ukraine. After the draw with Finland, in the ninth round, did not have the chance to seek the place on the final journey.
Zlatko Dalic was able to lead his country’s squad to a 2-0 home win in Ukrainian soil in the first-half clash of Group I, with Croatia reaching 20 points (six wins, two draws and two losses) . He left the Ukrainians, with 17, behind and managed to survive in the fight to be the fourth best placed second in the comparison between the nine groups. The direct vacancy that the key granted in the 2018 World Cup was in the hands of Iceland, which had 22 points (seven wins, one draw and two losses).
Owners of accurate technique, the Croats showed an evolution in their defensive system in the dispute. They were leaked only four times. None of the teams that are in the repechage had better numbers.
Although the country started playing international tournaments in the early 1990s after the division of Yugoslavia, Croatia managed to qualify for six of the seven major tournaments since then. The great highlight was the participation in the World Cup of France, of 1998. In its debut in the world-wide ones, it reached the third position. Since then, it has qualified for all cups, except for South Africa, which was disputed in 2010. However, it has not passed the first phase.
To face the Greeks, Dalic can not count on Mateo Kovacic and Vedran Corluka, who were left out of his list by injury. He called the following players for the deciding games:
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dynamo)
Defender: Domagoj Life (Dynamo Kiev), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kyiv), Matej Mitrovic (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Marin Leovac (Hajduk)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marko Rog (Napoli), Filip Bradaric Rijeka Mario Pasalic Spartak Nikola Vlasic
Attackers: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
History of the matches Greece vs Croatia
Before the duel valued vacant for the World Cup Russia 2018 Croats and Greeks have faced six times. The draws were recorded in half of the matches. Greece won twice and the Croatians only won in one shot.
The first encounters between the national teams were in the qualifiers for the 1998 World Cup in France. In Croatia, there was a 1: 1 match. In Greece, visitors, who would reach the semifinals of the World Cup in their first participation, 1 to 0.
They also came face to face in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. There was a goalless draw in Croatia and Greek home win 2-0.
Greece will have to step out of its comfort zone to seek historical reaction. At no point did he show signs of being able to carry out this mission. This should allow for a number of counterattack opportunities for the Croatians, who are thus the best betting option for the 2.36-betting duel on Bet365. Greek victory, even if it is not enough to give the vacancy, yields 3.40, even prize paid in case of a tie.