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Greece vs Croatia

Competition – World Cup Qualifying

Stadium – Karaiskaki Stadium

Date: 12th November 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Even though Greece were underdogs coming into this game, that is a tag they have enjoyed for a long time and there was always the risk of them surprising Croatia in this fixture.

The Croatians  gave Greece no space in the first leg with the Greeks ending 4-1 losers and now have a mammoth task at hand as they host the Croatians at the Olympiakos stadium.

The Greeks were lacklustre in attack in the first leg of this game and it is hard to see them overturn this result here.

Croatia will still be hurting by their inability to qualify automatically ahead of Iceland and what led mainly to that disappointment was their away form.

They have won just twice in their last seven visits in all competitions and scored only six goals in those matches.

Playing a defensively organised side like Greece away will reduce their chance of scoring in this game and if the Greeks can stop them from the early onslaught which helped them gain an edge in the first leg, they could see their game plan frustrated early on.

Croatia are expected to start the game defensively on Sunday and although they are favourites with bookmakers to win this fixture, they will happily settle for a low-scoring draw that will ensure their place in Russia next summer.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Greece

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Greece 4-0 Gibraltar Oct 10, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Cyprus 1-2 Greece Oct 7, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Greece 1-2 Belgium Sep 3, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Greece 0-0 Estonia Aug 31, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Greece Jun 9, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

Croatia

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Ukraine 0-2 Croatia Oct 9, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Croatia 1-1 Finland Oct 6, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Turkey 1-0 Croatia Sep 5, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Croatia 1-0 Kosovo Sep 3, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Iceland 1-0 Croatia Jun 11, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA


H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Greece 2-0 Croatia Oct 7, 2011 European Championship Qualifying
Croatia 0-0 Greece Sep 7, 2010 European Championship Qualifying

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