Estonia vs Greece
UEFA Nations League
Date: Saturday, 8 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn.
Estonia and Greece were drawn together into the same Nations league group even though they’ve just recently battled each other in the same WC Qualifications group.
Ethniki finished it runners-up which was considered a success for the outfit which shockingly ended the previous EURO qualifying campaign at the rock bottom of their respective group (behind the likes of Faroe Islands).
Sinisargid, on the other side, had another dreadful campaign which saw them finish fourth with as many as 19 goals conceded in 10 outings along the way.
Their long-term manager Martin Reim does not quite have too many reasons for optimism head of the Greece tie as defensive holes were still there in the most recent set of friendly tests this spring.
Estonia shipped four goals in last two losses to Latvia and Morocco. They’ve done little to impress at the other end, failing to find the back of the net in three of last five matches even though the opposition included the likes of Armenia, Georgia and Latvia in the process.
Estonia vs Greece: Head-to-head
- Greece won the away fixture 0-2 in the aforementioned WC Qualification campaign.
- Interestingly, the reverse fixture saw only a goalless draw in late-August last year in Piraeus.
- Greece also won one and drew one of two friendlies played in 1999 and 2001.
- Ethniki bagged two or more goals in three of four H2H games with Estonia.
Estonia vs Greece: Prediction
Unlike their rivals, Greece only featured three friendlies after the play-offs elimination to Croatia in November last year.
They did not shine losing to Switzerland and Saudi Arabia, but they also defeated Egypt 1-0 in the process.
Obviously, such opposition (three teams that featured the World Cup in Russia this summer), is much stronger than the one Estonia have been dealt with in their tests.
Michael Skibbe will practically count on the strongest side possible here, including Kostas Mitroglou who packed six goals in ten qualifying games.
Vasilis Torosidis, Kostas Manolas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Giorgos Tzavellas will all be there to keep things tight at the back and we just can’t see the struggling Estonians finding the way past the stern defensive line of Greece’s here.
Also, Skibbe’s men showed much better performances away from home in the qualifying campaign.
They won three and drew two of five away fixtures along the way, statistics worth all respect if we know they also played the likes of Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the process.
Estonia vs Greece: Bet Tips
Greece to win @ 2.00 (1/1)
Greece to keep a clean sheet @ 2.00 (1/1).