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Greece vs. Finland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

14 November 2019

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Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis – Euro 2020 qualifiers

Greece are welcoming Finland to Athens without losing in two home games before the conclusion in Group J of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. The Finnish side has by far been the biggest story of this Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Finland players celebrating Source:Lehtikuva, Action Images/Reuters

Past Meetings

Greece have only lost one home game to Finland in nine visits from the Nordic side. The last match in Athens between the two came in the UEFA Nations League, when Greece won 1-0 thanks to an own goal by Albin Granlund. The reverse fixture between the two ended in a 1-0 win for Finland, when Norwich star Teemu Pukki scored the only goal of the game in Tampere.

Team News

Greece will have to be without their leading goal scorer until March 2020, as Kostas Fortounis is out with a knee ligament injury.

Finland are boosted by Norwich star Teemu Pukki’s presence but will also have Glen Kamara from Rangers with them in Greece. The goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who plays in Germany for Bayer Leverkusen, will also be looking to keep yet another clean sheet for the visitors.

Greece vs. Finland Preview and Predictions

Finland are coming to Greece to show they are worth a place in the automatic qualification for the European Championship next season. They are fighting to end 80 years of hurt by qualifying for the finals next summer. The away side have impressed in the qualifiers and will be looking to add another boost of confidence at 3.40 to win.

Norwich forward Pukki has been on excellent form for the away side, scoring goals for fun in the qualifiers this term. He also delivered the goods in the Premier League in the start of the season and the Finnish faithful will hope he is on form again, despite being on a bad run of late with his club.

A draw in Greece can be backed at 3.20, whilst the home side are standing at 2.15 to win the game in Athens. The last two home matches have ended in a score draw and a 2-1 win for Greece, who are hoping the trend would continue in front of their own fans, but Finland will be beaming of confidence and have been very cheap at the back this qualifier.

Despite losses for Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina, they have won 2-0 over both Armenia and Liechtenstein, supporting their home record, where they only got beat by Italy so far in Group J.

Greece coach John van’t Chip are planning for the future after taking over the Greek side in August and would definitely like to see some improvements already and prove themselves against one of the top teams of the group.

Recommended Bets

Finland to win to nil

Finland are keeping a lot of clean sheets as they continue to impress during this qualifier campaign but will be troubled by the hostile environment in Athens. Don’t expect many goals this time either, but Finland might grab a narrow win and again go home without conceding.

Total Amount of Goals Under 2.5

The last time a match between these two sides ended with three goals or more, was when Greece won 2-1 in a friendly at home back in February 2008. Since then they have played five times with a record of 1-1-3 with a total of seven goals.

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