Greece vs Italy
EURO 2020 Qualifiers
Date: Saturday, 8 June 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis, Athens.
Greece held on to a 2-2 draw at Bosnia-Herzegovina in March despite conceding two early goals and they now host Italy hoping to build on the performance, sitting second-placed and looking to build on the spot with all-important points against the betting favourites to top Group J.
Ethniki have beaten Liechtenstein 0-2 beforehand and although they’ve seen a rather comfortable 2-0 loss in Turkey late last month, we should see them much more motivated to show off at Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis.
Angelos Anastasiadis’ men have shown off as a tough nut to crack and we do hope to see them in a similar mood now.
Italy have, on the other hand, finally retained consistency with four wins and a draw in their last five outings and they travel to Athens with six points to their name after smooth sailing against both Finland and Liechtenstein.
They’ve found the net early on both of the occasions in front of the home crowd but should now be in for a tougher challenge, which should show if they’re past their woes under Roberto Mancini.
Greece vs Italy: Head-to-head
Greece have denied Italy in three of their last five head-to-head clashes.
However, Ethniki last beat the Italians back in 1972, when the sides met for a friendly clash.
We’ve seen two or fewer goals in five of the last six occasions, with the last meeting back in 2008.
Greece vs Italy: Prediction
We will now stick our necks out for Greece to show off as tough rivals to beat and we’ll go for them to hold off Italy in a Draw priced at 3.20. We have seen them very difficult to beat in Athens and this should prove the case on Saturday evening as well, despite seeing the visitors as favourites to secure the points.
We do expect a tough defensive challenge before anything else, though, and we’re thus also going for another low-scoring clash between the sides – as we back Under 2.5 goals FT at 1.45! We’ve seen both sides enjoying such clashes and this really feels like a banker bet at this point as well.
Greece vs Italy: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.20
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.45.