Italy vs Greece: Match preview
This was supposed to be a group derby and a duel tailoring the fight for the European Championship placement. Still, the situation on the standings is completely different. Italy is the sovereign leader of the group with all six wins so far. They have practically already won the placement.
Greece, on the other hand IS a big disappointment and are in the penultimate place with 13 points less than their host. In the first match, Italy defeated Greece 3-0 in Athens.
News from Italian team
Italy, after a major failure in the last qualifying cycle and a failure to attend the World Championship in Russia, took these qualifications very seriously. From the beginning, Italy has dominate. So far they have celebrated in all six matches. They are in the first position on the table and can only theoretically remain without a placement on the EC.
Winning this match will definitely confirm the standings so this is also the main motive and there should be no relaxation. It has to be said that they did not win all matches easily. They had problems with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia and Finland in the last three matches when they received goals in their net. When it comes to composition, Sensi is injured, Emerson and Pellegrini won’t play as well.
Probable lineups: G. Donnarumma – D’Ambrosio, Bonucci, Mancini, Spinazzola – Jorginho, Verratti, Barella – Chiesa, Belotti, Bernardeschi
News from Greek team:
Another qualifying cycle that turned into a real catastrophe for the Greeks. Practically halfway through it became clear that there was nothing to be said about the EC placement.
Fifteen years ago, the Greeks were on the rooftop of Europe, and now below are the average selection that managed to beat only Lichteinstein in the first round. In the last round, they played with that same team 1-1 at home and this was a confirmation of the disaster.
The change of selectors several months ago did not help either. The failure to call Manolas, Socrates, Samaris and Mitroglu confirms their surrender. Fortounis and Tsimikas are injured and Masouras is punished.
Probable lineups: Vlachodimos – Bakakis, Retsos, Siovas, Stafylidis – Kourbelis, Bouchalakis – Limnios, Rabbit, Mantalos – Donis
Italy is in a great situation and they are maximally relaxed and ready for another triumph. Greece is completely shattered, they come weakened and have already surrendered. They are likely to lose without any uncertainty.
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