Greece are still in with a chance of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, but they may feel that three points from this particular fixture will be paramount to their chances. As things stand, Ethniki are on nine points with four games remaining and just four points separating them from their Thursday night opponents Spain, who sit in the play-off position as things stand.
A 2-0 defeat last time out against current table leaders Sweden leaves John van’t Schip’s side with work to do, but they’re capable of causing a shock on their day and they did cause a shock by holding Spain to a draw in the reverse of this fixture in Granada back in March. Can they cause an even bigger shock and put their more illustrious opponents in real danger with a win here?
Spain have suffered heart-breaking defeats in the latter stages of two different tournaments this year. Having missed out on the final of the Euro 2020 by losing to eventual champions Italy on penalties at Wembley, la Furia Roja came within 90 minutes of lifting the Nations League trophy last month, only to fall short against France in a 2-1 defeat in the final.
Having lost away to Sweden back in September, Luis Enrique’s men have relinquished top spot in the group and currently sit two points behind Blagult with four games remaining for both teams. As such, they’ll need to turn the screw in the Greek capital and ensure they leave with all three points ahead of that pivotal match-up against the Scandinavian outfit on Sunday.
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Greece vs Spain: Match Stats
Spain have been stronger in the first half of recent games than they have been after the half-time break. In their last 10 matches, Spain have conceded just two first-half goals and have scored 12, taking the lead by the break in eight of those fixtures. Greece on the other hand, have failed to find the net in the first-half in any of their last three games.
With Ferran Torres out, Alvaro Morata will shoulder the goalscoring burden again for Spain in this game. Juventus striker has always been more prolific for his country, scoring 22 times in 48 appearances for la Roja and after we successfully backed him to fidn the net in the reverse of this fixture in the qualifying stages, we’re on the 13/10 odds for a goal from the 29 year old again on Thursday night.
25 March 2021 – Spain 1-1 Greece – World Cup Qualifiers
18 June 2008 – Greece 1-2 Spain – European Championship
22 August 2007 – Greece 2-3 Spain – Friendly
16 June 2004 – Greece 1-1 Spain – European Championship
7 June 2003 – Spain 0-1 Greece – European Championship Qualifiers
Spain have an exceptional record over Greece having only lost one game in the history of the meetings between the two sides. Across their 11 meetings, Spain have recorded seven wins and Enrique will be hoping he can add another to that record come Thursday night.