-- Preview: Estonia - Greece --
FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - GROUP H (MATCHDAY 3)
|Estonia||2:45 PM (EST)||Greece|
Greece plays away to Estonia today, Monday, October 10th, for the third 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: The Greek National Team is coming off a solid victory over Cyprus and a perfect start to FIFA World Cup qualifying before today’s clash in Estonia. The Galanolefki has clearly stated that their goal is to qualify for the World Cup and they will need to get all 3 points against Estonia to stay on pace with Belgium and Bosnia. Any other result in Estonia will be a disappointment. The National team has already accumulated the same amount of points as they did in all of Euro 2016 qualifying, trying to slowly forget that tragic campaign. With another serious and good performance, Greece will be the clear favorites to walk away with the victory from Estonia before their first big test against Bosnia in November.
Starting Line-up: In addition to the injuries of Diamantakos and Samaris, Fortounis and Tzavellas have been ruled out for today’s match in Estonia. It looks like Holebas and Gianniotas will take the place of the two injured players. Skibbe will likely stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation with Karnezis under the goalposts, and Torosidis, Manolas, Papastathopoulos, and Stafylidis in front of him from right to left. The two holding midfielders will be Maniatis and Kyriakos Papadopoulos and in front of them will be Gianniotas, Mantalos, and Holebas (will be given an attacking role) from right to left. The sole striker will be Mitroglou.
Estonia: On Friday, Estonia defeated the weakest team in the group, Gibraltar, 4-0 to earn their first points in the group. In Matchday 1, they fell rather easily away to Bosnia 5-0. The Estonians will hope to pull off an upset and take points away from Greece although they will need a mini-miracle to contest a place in Russia. Regardless, the Estonians could pose a threat (especially playing at home) if they find Greece on a bad night.
Prior History: Greece and Estonia have only met twice, both times in friendly fixtures. In December 1999 the teams drew 2-2 in Greece. Home advantage told in their second match two years later with Greece prevailing 4-2.
Referee: The referee will be István Vad from Hungary.
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