-- Preview: Greece - Cyprus --
FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - GROUP H (MATCHDAY 2)
|Greece||2:45 PM (EST)||Cyprus|
Greece hosts Cyprus today, Friday October 7th, for the second Matchday of FIFA World Cup Qualifying and AGONAsport brings you a full preview of today's match. Kick-off is set for 2:45 PM (EST). TV Listings can be found here...
Greece: After starting off qualifying with a win away to Gibraltar, Greece will look to earn their second victory when they host Cyprus for matchday 2. The Ethniki will need all three points to keep up with Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina, who are Greece's main opponents in Group H for qualification. Coach Michael Skibbe will only have two injuries to worry about with Diamantakos and Samaris (not called up due to injury) ruled out for tomorrow's match.
Starting Line-up: Michael Skibbe is expected to use a 4-2-3-1 formation with only a few places in the starting 11 up in the air. Karnezis will be under the goalposts, and Torosidis, Manolas, Papastathopoulos, and Holebas/Tzavellas in front of him from right to left. The two holding midfielders will be Maniatis and Stafylidis (possibly Tachtsidis) and in front of them will be Mantalos, Fortounis, and Bakasetas from right to left. The sole striker will be Mitroglou. Off the bench Greece will have valuable options with the likes of Vellios, Karelis, Tachtsidis, and Tzavellas all in form with their respective clubs.
Cyprus: The Cypriot team has made it clear, they are coming to Greece for the win or at least a point. Although they consider themselves brothers off the field with Greece, on the field they are strictly opponents. In their opening qualifier, Cyprus fell rather easily at home to Belgium 0-3. Sotiriou, who scored in APOEL's victory over Olympiacos last week in the Europa League, suffered an injury of late, but could possibly be fit in time to start against Greece. The Cypriots will be a tricky side for our National Team and have the players to steal a result if Greece does not have a good showing.
Prior History: Greece and Cyprus have played each other 25 times with Greece having won on sixteen occasions. Cyprus have only been victorious three times with seven matches ended in draws. The last meeting between the two was in May 2008 as Greece won at home 2-0 in a friendly.
Referee: The referee will be Pavel Královec from the Czech Republic. He has never refereed a Greek game..
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