On 8 September 2021 at 7:45pm UK time, Greece will take on Sweden in Group B of the World Cup European Qualifying Tournament.
Greece is currently ranked 48th in the world and the team has only played 3 World Qualifying matches this year in terms of official matches due to not participating in the Euros and the results were not good. all 3 matches ended 1-1 and the team finished 4th in the group with 3 points.
With the current points situation, the team has little chance of qualifying. Most of the players in the current Greek squad are playing in the domestic league and not many are playing in the top 5 leagues.
In their most recent match against Kosovo, Greece did not have an advantage on the pitch, with 41% possession and less than half the number of shots on goal as their opponents. Luckily, late in the first half, Dovikas scored for his team on an assist from Bakastas. However, in the 90th minute of the match, the score was equalised 1-1 and the two sides eventually shook hands.
It is worth noting that although Greece’s record is not ideal, the team’s home performance is not bad and they are unbeaten in their last nine home games.
Sweden is currently ranked 17th in the world and the team has had a decent year, going unbeaten in 10 games, both in official matches and in warm-up matches. Sweden reached the last 16 of the Euros this year, but were knocked out by Ukraine.
The team has been very strong in the European qualifying group for the World Cup, winning all three games and picking up nine points. With two games less to play and only one point separating them from top of the table Spain, the team’s prospects for qualifying are bright.
The win also put the team in a more competitive position in terms of points and morale is now high. In addition, some of Sweden’s leading players have had three days more rest than their opponents, giving them an advantage in terms of physical reserves.
The two teams have met once before, in Euro 2008, when Greece lost 0-2 against Sweden, but that was too long ago to be of much value.
In terms of recent results, the Greek team has not done well in the World Cup, drawing all 3 matches, but the team’s home record has been stable, while Sweden has improved significantly this year, winning all 3 matches in the World Cup, and their prospects of qualifying are very optimistic.
Sweden became the first team to beat Spain in a World Cup qualifying match since 1993 and with their confidence growing, I am inclined to back Sweden to be able to win.
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