Portugal: Patricio; Coentrao, Neto, Alves, Pereira; Veloso, Meireles, Moutinho; Varela, Almeida, Nani.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe will not be available for Saturday’s game.
Greece: Karnezis; Holebas, Sokratis, Manolas, Torosidis; Maniatis, Katsouranis, Karagounis; Giorgos Samaras, Mitroglou, Salpingidis.
101GG Betting Tip:
Portugal host Greece in Oeiras, in a recreation of the Euro 2004 final, as both teams embark on their respective World Cup exhibition game journeys.
Following Real Madrid’s Champions League victory, Paulo Bento will have to manage without two of his key players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe. The former picked up a thigh injury during the final in Lisbon, and is still struggling to reach full fitness by the time the Brazil tournament begins. It will be interesting to see how Bento’s men will perform without their superstar on the pitch.
On the Greek side, Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou is expected to start, despite only making three appearances for his domestic club after his £12m move in January. His manager Felix Magath had expressed concern that Mitroglou wasn’t fit enough to start for the club, but Fernando Santos nominated him anyway, hoping he will be fit by the time the tournament starts.
Portugal is placed in the group of death, alongside Germany, USA, and Ghana, while the Greeks will try to survive their group, comprised of Colombia, Japan, and Ivory Coast.
101GG Prediction: Portugal 2 – Greece 1
Some essential facts to help with online betting:
Cristiano Ronaldo became his country’s all-time leading scorer by finding the back of the net twice against Cameroon in March to take his tally to 49 goals in 110 appearances.
Portugal have won four of their last five games and will be eager to maintain their momentum ahead of subsequent matches against Mexico and Republic of Ireland.
Greece are going to the World Cup finals for only the third time in their history, following a play-off win over Romania.