Greece and Northern Ireland will clash in the final Nations League League C Group 2 match of the campaign with the Greeks already top and promoted into League B just as the Green and White Army look to avoid relegation.
Greece’s perfect four-game run in the Nations League came to a stunning halt to the 108th-ranked Cyprus over the weekend when they travelled to the AEK Arena and lost 1-0. Marinos Tzionis scored for Cyprrus that day, but it was Greece who saw eight shots on target and 71% of the ball throughout the game without the ability to worry the Cypriot defence.
Prior to this, Gus Poyet had led Greece to four wins from five games and with this recent loss to Cyprus being the only defeat in the Nations League, they have still managed to earn promotion into League B with just one goal conceded so far. Moreover, a 2-0 victory against Kosovo to end the last international break does still keep them as one of the most in-form sides this campaign, while also registering a 3-0 win over Cyprus and a 1-0 victory over Kosovo.
In the last meeting with Northern Ireland, Anastasios Bakasetas was the difference for Poyet’s men with his first half strike sealing a 1-0 win in Belfast on matchday one. The Greeks saw just two shots on target that day, however, in what was a fairly lacklustre game that brought in a combined 29 fouls.
As for Northern Ireland, they did finally get their first win of the Nations League last time out by defeating Kosovo 2-1 at Windsor Park. Gavin Whyte scored with 10 minutes to go, before Josh Magennis stole the headlines with a winner with seconds left on the clock. Northern Ireland also saw a stunning 10 shots on target that day in what was easily their best attacking game in some time.