Greek starting XI against Finland in Athens
Newly appointed Greek national team head coach Angelos Anastasiadis has named his squad to play Finland for the second time in the UEFA Nations League, handing Odysseas Vlachodimos and Leonardo Koutris their debuts.
As predicted, 24-year old Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos has been given the nod in net, in what will be his first appearance for the Greek national team after receiving clearance from FIFA. At left-back, Leonardo Koutris competes in his maiden game with the Ethniki, replacing Olympiacos teammate Konstantinos Tsimikas who is currently with the under 21 side.
Vasilis Torosidis, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Kostas Manolas guard the defence alongside Koutris. In the midfield, Carlos Zeca and Dimitris Kourbelis will offer support to the back line, while Dimitris Pelkas, Petros Mantalos and Konstantinos Fortounis have the responsibility of creating danger. Out of favour Marseille forward Konstantinos Mitroglou leads the attack.
Greece have to win by two or more goals at the Olympic Stadium to stand a chance of overtaking Finland in first position of Group 2 in League C. The Finns require a single point in Athens to guarantee promotion.
At the moment, Finland boast a six point advantage over second placed Greece with four wins in as many matches. The visitors are yet to concede a single goal in the Nations League.
Greece starting XI (4-2-3-1): Vlachodimos (GK), Torosidis (RB), Papastathopoulos (CB), Manolas (CB), Koutris (LB), Zeca (DMF), Kourbelis (DMF), Pelkas (LMF), Mantalos (RMF), Fortounis (AMF), Mitroglou (FW).