-- Diamantakos Out, Tachtsidis or Stafylidis for Anti-Samaris --
Dimitris Diamantakos was ruled out due to an injury for Greece’s two upcoming qualifiers against Cyprus and Estonia. Only one position in the starting line-up is in the air with Skibbe weighing the options of Stafylidis or Tachtsidis in the midfield to replace the injured Andreas Samaris.
Dimitris Diamantakos will not be available for Greece’s upcoming qualifiers against Cyprus and Estonia after being ruled out due to an injury. For the meantime, it does not seem that Michael Skibbe will call-up another player to replace Diamantakos.
Michael Skibbe has decided on 10 of the 11 places for the starting eleven for Friday’s match against Cyprus. The only position that remains open is for the injured Andreas Samaris. It is a position (holding midfielder) that Greece has limited options due to the fact that Thanasis Petsos, Alexandros Tziolis, and Giannis Maniatis have not seen any playing time with their respective clubs. Both Tziolis and Maniatis remain “club-less” and are training on their own. Despite that, Giannis Maniatis looks to be one of the starting defensive midfielders on Friday. Michael Skibbe is weighing the options of Kostas Stafylidis and Panagiotis Tachtsidis to partner Maniatis (and replace the injured Andreas Samaris) as both have gotten off to great starts with their respective clubs. Stafylidis is traditionally a left-back, but has also played the defensive midfield position, most recently in Greece’s friendly against Iceland.
As far as the other positions in the starting eleven it looks that Skibbe will use a 4-2-3-1 formation with Karnezis under the goalposts, and Torosidis, Manolas, Papastathopoulos, and Holebas in the back-line from right to left. The two holding midfielders will be Maniatis and Stafylidis/Tachtsidis, and the three players in front of them will be Mantalos, Fortounis, and Bakasetas from right to left. The sole striker will be Kostas Mitroglou.