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Euro 2024 Qualifying Georgia vs. Greece Prediction & Betting Tips

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      • (42') B. Zivzivadze
      • (50') S. Kvirkvelia
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      • (6') G. Baldock
      • (35') P. Hatzidiakos
      • (44') K. Mavropanos
      • (90') G. Konstantelias
      • (93') L. Rota
      • (48') G. Loria
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        Euro 2024 Qualifying Georgia vs. Greece Prediction & Betting Tips

        The upcoming Euro 2024 qualifying playoff final between Georgia and Greece represents a critical juncture in the footballing journeys of two nations with vastly different historical footprints in international football. For Georgia, this match is a beacon of hope, an opportunity to achieve an unprecedented milestone by qualifying for a major international tournament for the first time as an independent nation. Greece, on the other hand, aim to recapture the glory of past achievements and reestablish themselves on the European football stage after a decade-long absence from major tournaments.

        Date: 26/03/2024

        Kick-off time: 17:00

        Location: The Boris Paitchadze Dinamo Arena

        Georgia's path to this playoff final has been underpinned by a combination of fortuitous circumstances and a spirited campaign in the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League. Finishing 4th in a qualifying group that included powerhouses like Spain and Scotland, their performance in the Nations League ensured them a shot at qualifying for Euro 2024. This lifeline into the playoffs is a testament to the Georgian team's resilience and the UEFA structure that rewards competitive consistency across different competitions.

        Under the guidance of Willy Sagnol, a manager with a rich pedigree in international football, Georgia have developed into a formidable unit. The team's strength lies in its youthful core, with players like Giorgi Mamardashvili, Georges Mikautadze, and the particularly standout winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, all aged 23. Their talents have transformed Georgia into a team that can no longer be underestimated, showcasing a blend of defensive solidity and attacking flair that has seen them become the strongest Georgian side in years.

        The historical context of this match cannot be overstated for Georgia. Having never qualified for a major international tournament as an independent nation and never beaten Greece in nine attempts, a victory here would not just be a landmark achievement; it would be a rewriting of the nation's footballing history.

        Greece's journey to the playoff final is a story of a team rediscovering its form under the astute management of Gus Poyet. Despite being drawn into a challenging qualifying group with the likes of France and the Netherlands, Greece's performance was commendable, pushing these footballing giants close in competitive matches and finishing just five points behind the Netherlands.

        This resurgence is a reflection of Greece's footballing renaissance, led by talents such as Konstantinos Mavropanos of West Ham, Liverpool's Konstantinos Tsimikas, and Panathinaikos's Fotis Ioannidis. These players have been instrumental in Greece's transformation into a cohesive and formidable unit, capable of challenging the best in European football.

        The stakes are particularly high for Greece, a nation that once shocked the football world by winning Euro 2004. The past decade, however, has seen the team fail to qualify for the last two editions of the European Championship and miss out on World Cup participation since 2014. A win against Georgia and qualification for Euro 2024 would thus represent a significant step towards reviving Greece's fortunes on the international stage, marking a return to major tournament football after a ten-year hiatus.

        The match promises to be a tactical battle, with both teams showcasing distinct styles of play under their respective managers. Sagnol's Georgia is expected to leverage the speed and creativity of Kvaratskhelia, alongside the goal-scoring prowess of Mikautadze, to penetrate Greece's defensive setup. The Georgians' ability to transition quickly from defence to attack will be key in exploiting any gaps in the Greek formation.

        Greece, under Poyet, will likely adopt a disciplined approach, focusing on maintaining structural integrity while capitalising on the set-piece prowess of players like Mavropanos and the attacking overlaps of Tsimikas. The Greek strategy may also involve isolating Georgian threats and controlling the midfield to dictate the pace of the game.

        The playoff final is not just a gateway to Euro 2024; it's a clash of aspirations, histories, and footballing philosophies. For Georgia, victory would signal the dawn of a new era, an achievement that would reverberate far beyond the confines of the football pitch.

        For Greece, a win would signify a return to relevance, a reassertion of their capability to compete and succeed at the highest levels of international football. It would serve as a reminder of the unpredictability and romance of football, where past glories can inspire future triumphs.

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        Team News

        Georgia Team News:

        The big team news for Georgia is the return of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who was suspended for Georgia's semi-final against Luxembourg on Thursday. Kvaratskhelia will slot straight back into the starting XI, potentially at the expense of Georges Mikautadze.

        Mikautadze would normally start alongside Kvaratskhelia, but given his striking partner Budu Zivzivadze bagged a brace on Thursday night it would feel hard to drop him. Otherwise, Georgia will remain unchanged from Thursday night.

        Greece Team News:

        Georgos Giakoumakis will likely remain on the bench for the Greeks after Fotis Ioannidis produced the goods against Kazakhstan on Thursday night.

        Sheffield United's George Baldock started against Kazakhstan at right back and should keep his place, with Konstantinos Mavropanos and Konstantinos Tsimikas joining him in the back four.

        All in all, expect Gus Poyet to name an unchanged lineup from Thursday night.

        Form Guide (Last Five Games)

        Georgia sealed a very good 2-0 win over Luxembourg on Thursday evening in their playoff semi-final. Luxembourg had a strong qualification campaign and Georgia entered the game without the services of their star player, so to seal a win in those circumstances was very impressive. Striker Budu Zivzivadze notched both goals.

        As a result, Georgia's form now looks good, as they enter this game having won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five games, with their four games preceding Thursday's win being a 3-1 win over Spain, a 2-2 draw with Scotland, a 4-0 win over Cyprus and an 8-0 win over Thailand.

        On home soil, Georgia have won three and drawn one of their last four, with their only defeat on their own patch in their last twelve games coming at the hands of Spain.

        Greece sailed to a thumping 5-0 win over Kazakhstan in their semi-final on Thursday night. Goals from Anastasios Bakasetas, Dimitrios Pelkas, Fotis Ioannidis and Dimitrios Kourbelis, alongside a Kazakhstan own goal, sealed a comprehensive victory for Gus Poyet's men.

        Greece are now coming into this game with three wins, one draw and one loss in their last five games, which include a 2-2 draw against France and a very narrow 0-1 loss to the Dutch that came only via a stoppage-time penalty. Other results include 2-0 wins over New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland.

        Away from home Greece have struggled a bit having won two and lost three of their last five games on the road, but two of those games were trips to France and the Netherlands so they shouldn't be judged too harshly on that.

        Footy Accumulators Prediction

        The Bookies make Greece the favourites and that's likely accurate, but they'll have to dig deep to get the win here. Georgia are very strong at home and while Greece are the better side collectively, the Georgians have a couple of standout names who are playing at a very high level right now. Greece's quality should tell in the end and they have much more quality off the bench than Georgia do, but expect this one to be a very close encounter that very well could last 120 minutes. We predict: Georgia 1-2 Greece (AET).

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        Header logoEuro 2024 Qualifying - Group A

        PosClubPWDLGDPTS
        1
        Team logoSpain
        8701+2021
        2
        Team logoScotland
        8521+917
        3
        Team logoNorway
        8323+211
        4
        Team logoGeorgia
        8224-68
        5
        Team logoCyprus
        8008-250
        Last updated 23/04/2024

        Header logoEuro 2024 Qualifying - Group B

        PosClubPWDLGDPTS
        1
        Team logoFrance
        8710+2622
        2
        Team logoNetherlands
        8602+1018
        3
        Team logoGreece
        8413+613
        4
        Team logoRep. Ireland
        8206-16
        5
        Team logoGibraltar
        8008-410
        Last updated 23/04/2024

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