Greece could keep Northern Ireland fans on tenterhooks
With hindsight, Northern Ireland’s win against Greece in Piraeus a year ago was an early indicator that Michael O’Neill’s team wouldn’t be anybody’s fall guys in Group F, though it also exposed the weaknesses of their hosts.
Things have gone well since for Steven Davis and his team-mates, who will qualify for Euro 2016 if they can complete the double of the former European champions or win in Finland on Sunday.
Northern Ireland currently top their section but can still be overtaken by Romania and Hungary. However, Kyle Lafferty’s last-minute equaliser against the Hungarians at Windsor Park last month could prove to be priceless as it meant they have a better head-to-head record than the Magyars – potentially crucial in a group that could go right down to the wire.
Greece have had a shocking campaign and haven’t managed a single win. They’ve lost all four home games so far but have generally performed better on the road, only tasting defeat in the Faroe Islands. Temporary coach Kostas Tsanas set up his team not to lose in Romania last month and they achieved his objective.
His job will be to restore shattered morale and Northern Ireland have struggled to break down similar formations in the past. There could be a few scares for the Windsor Park faithful this Thursday as the Greeks have some decent players with a wealth of experience who will be hurting.
Given the hosts’ injury and suspension problems, the draw looks the most likely outcome at 7/4 in our Full Time Result betting. Under 2.5 in our Goals Over/Under betting is 3/10 with a 1-1 result priced up at 22/5 in our Correct Score market.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Thursday, October 8th at Windsor Park
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