Greece vs Croatia
FIFA World Cup Qualifying Play-off Second Leg
Date: Sunday, 12th November 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium (Piraeus).
Croatia are in a commanding position to book their tickets to World Cup 2018 following a convincing 4-1 win in the home leg against Greece.
Greece head-coach Michael Skibbe missed a trick or two in the trip to Croatia. The back three formation didn’t cope well with the industrious midfield and attack of the opposition as well as they had little options going forward. It is an uphill task for the Greeks as they need to win it 3-goals clear, which look largely unlikely at this point.
Greece: Team News
Michael Skibbe have Kostas Manolas available for selection after the defender missed the first leg through suspension. He is expected to replace Papadopoulos to partner Sokratis to revert back to the usual back-four.
Wholesale changes are expected in the midfield as well with the team have to score at least thrice in the second leg.
Greece: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Karnezis -Tzavellas, Sokratis, Manolas, Retsos – Zeca, Tziolis – Fortounis, Christodoulopoulos, Fortunis – Mitroglou.
Croatia: Team News
Zlatko Dalic have no reason to make changes to the team that performed admirably in the first leg. This means, Mario Mandzukic could remain on the bench giving another chance for Nikola Kalinic upfront. So do, the Ivan Stinic who started at left-back in the place of Josip Pivaric.
Greece vs Croatia: Head-to-head
The teams are locked at 2 wins and 2 draws each from their 6 meetings so far, which includes the result from the first leg of the corresponding tie.
Away at Greece, Croatia won once and lost the other during their two qualifying fixture.
Greece vs Croatia: Predictions
I can confirm this is a point of no-return for the Greeks there is no way back in this contest. The Croats looked solid in all departments in the first leg and they are no expected to blow a big advantage.
Greece has no choice, but to go for goals here. Therefore, expect another high scoring affair at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Sunday night.
Predicted Correct Score: 1-2 Croatia for 9.50 odd.
Greece vs Croatia: Bet Tips
The best option is Both teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals @ 2.30 odd
While Croatia to win for 2.19 odd is a decent alternate.
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