Match of the week: Greece - Cyprus
By cy.Reporter, 9 June, 2022
Greece-Cyprus, third match nations League, second group C 'Division, stadium: "Panthessaliko", 21:45, cytavision5
Greece and Cyprus are competing for the third match of the nations League with the two teams having parallel lives in the second group. The hosts want the victory in order to take another important step to occupy the first place, while on the other hand Cyprus wants to get its first victory in the group.
Greece will welcome Cyprus in a packed Panthessalian stadium. More than 14,000 tickets have already been sold out as the two consecutive away victories over Northern Ireland and Kosovo, have restored optimism after a long time in the ranks of the representative team of Greece. In terms of competition, Gustavo Poyet does not face any particular problems, except for Kotsira who suffered a fracture and was knocked out.
The image against Northern Ireland may have been improved, however, the victory did not come and the white tie gave the first point to the group for Cyprus. In the representative team of Cyprus they want to further improve the image of the team and to get the three-pointer against Greece, as otherwise there will be more voices criticizing the federal coach Nikos Kostenoglou for his choices and his management during duration of the matches. In terms of matches, Katelaris is available as the injury during the last game was not serious.
Plus and minus
+ The image of the last games gives the air of optimism for another victory
-The picture in the last in games was not the best possible and unsuccessful results came.
+ The image towards Northern Ireland was better compared to that towards Kosovo and the goal is to continue this improvement
- The away matches are a "wound", as he has to leave with the "three points" from 2019.
In its last five matches in all competitions, Greece has three wins, one draw and one defeat.
In the last five matches in all competitions, Cyprus has one victory, two draws and two defeats.
Cyprus counts 13 matches without an away win, having 11 defeats and two draws
In the last five games of Greece, less than 2.5 goals have been scored.
In four of the last five games in Greece, only one of the two teams has scored.
More than 2.5 goals have been scored in just one of the last 10 games in Greece.
In 15 matches Greece has 12 victories, one match ended in a draw and Cyprus has twice celebrated the victory.
Poget: "Only victory in our minds"
Determined for the victory, the federal coach of Greece, Gustavo Poget, said: "Yes, I know that, but tomorrow there will be no brotherhood, there will be no religion, there will be no common language, there will be only victory. And only for that we will go to play ".
Kostenoglou: "We aim for the best"
The federal coach of Cyprus, Nikos Kostenoglou, also spoke about today's match, saying: "Greece is the protagonist of the group. We come from a good appearance, which objectively we could beat Northern Ireland. We know the degree of difficulty, it is high. It is imperative with a specific tactic and strategy to aim at the best we can to gain from the game. I hope the best one wins. I think it will be a very nice game and it is worth watching the fans. We have a common National Anthem, it is moving and I would say that the relations between the two peoples are sincere and healthy ".
Greece 4-3-3 Vlachodimos, Baldok, Mavropanos, Chatzidiakos, Tsimikas, Mandalos, Siopis, Bakasetas, Limnios, Pavlidis, Douvikas
Cyprus 3-5-2 Michael, Korea, Gogic, Katelaris, Pittas, Kastanos, Artymatas, Loizou, Ioannou, Christofi, Sotiriou