Greece vs Belarus
International Friendly Match
Date: Wednesday, 9th November 2016,
Kick Off at 19:15 UK.
Venue: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus.
Greece welcome Belarus for an international friendly football match at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus on Wednesday evening, 9th November 2016.
The Greek have successfully turned their fortunes after a horrific campaign in the Euro Qualifiers last year. After a merry go round of head-coaches which saw the likes of Claudio Ranieri and Sergio Markarian got sacked within the space of months, the German born coach Michael Skibbe has now successfully established himself at the helm. He took over at the end of the European qualifiers, but didn’t have the best of the starts as his started off suffering a shock defeat to Luxembourg.
With given time to improve, Greece now look like a solid unit bagging three wins off their first three World Cup qualifiers. They also defeated the Netherlands in a friendly prior to the start of the qualifying campaign and are currently on a 5 match winning streak. They will host Bosnia-Herzegovina in the fourth round of qualifier on 13th November. And the friendly against Belarus is a perfect opportunity to polish the tactics.
Belarus are on a three match winless run at the moment. They did start their World Cup qualifying campaign on a high note holding France to a goal-less draw. This was followed by a heavy 4-1 defeat to Netherlands. But the biggest disappointment was the 1-1 draw at home against Luxembourg, a match they were expected to win comfortably.
Greece vs Belarus: Head-to-Head Stats
The lone meeting between these two sides happened in a friendly on February. Greece picked up a narrow 1-0 win aided by the first half goal from Georgios Samaras.
Greece vs Belarus: Prediction
Greece certainly look like the team to beat at the moment and especially when the games is played in front of their home fans. Their 2-1 win against Netherlands away from home is a perfect example of the progress this team has made under Michael Skibbe. Belarus are capable team at home, while they are a minimal threat in away games. As a result, Greece looks certain to bag another win.
Greece vs Belarus: Betting Tips
Handicap: Greece to win with -1 goals to start with – Odds at 3.10 (21/10).