On November 21, the 10th round of qualifying for Euro 2024 will take place at the OPAP Arena in Athens, in which the Greek national team will meet the French national team. The match will begin at 21:45 Kyiv time.
The Greek team has not made it anywhere since 2014, having qualified several times with complete disappointment. But now, under Gustavo Poyet, we have managed to improve. Last year, the Uruguayan team managed to win the group in the Nations League. The Hellenes got off to a good start in the current selection.
But in the end it turned out that their niche was in the middle of the group. The Greeks beat not only Gibraltar twice, but also seemingly strong Ireland. But they lost not only to France, but also twice to their potential rival in the fight for 2nd place – the Netherlands (0:3 away, 0:1 at home). In November they played a friendly match against New Zealand and won 2:0.
The French national team has been playing under the leadership of Didier Deschamps for quite some time. He was the captain of the golden team at the end of the last century. And so far I have achieved little less as a coach than as a player. In 2018, Le Bleu became world champions, but in Qatar 2018, as well as at home in the Euro 2016 finals, they lost the finals, although in regulation time in both cases there were draws.
Now there will be a new attempt – Mbappe and the company entered the next continental tournament without the slightest problem. The French started 2023 with a 4-0 win against the Netherlands and then won everything except the friendly against Germany. Now you can experiment with all your might, they even invited teenager Warren Zaire-Emery. He came out and scored against Gibraltar. Everyone who wanted to score scored, and the match ended with a record score of 14:0.
Statistics of personal meetings
It is worth remembering that the sides played at Euro 2004. And on the way to sensational success, the Greeks beat the reigning champion.
Bookmakers obviously expect only the world vice-champions to win. They are unlikely to be able to repeat the defeat that was caused in the last round, but you can bet on the victory of Mbappe and company with a handicap of -1.5 goals (odds – 1.6).
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