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Euro 2024 Qualifying: Georgia vs. Luxembourg Prediction & Betting Tips

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        • (78') N. Kvekveskiri
        • (87') J. Kankava
        • (92') G. Kashia
        Yellow Card
        • (24') M. Pinto
        • (54') G. Rodrigues
        • (66') L. Barreiro
        • (82') M. Martins
        • (87') C. Martins
        • (92') F. Bohnert
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          George

          Euro 2024 Qualifying Georgia vs. Luxembourg

          The upcoming Euro 2024 playoff semi-final clash between Georgia and Luxembourg this Thursday promises to be an intriguing encounter, as both nations vie for a chance to make history by qualifying for a major international tournament for the first time as independent nations. The journey to this stage has been different for each team, reflecting their unique footballing cultures, development pathways, and recent form.

          Georgia finished 4th in their Euro 2024 qualifying group, a challenging assembly that included heavyweights like Spain and contenders such as Scotland and Norway, with Cyprus rounding out the group. The Georgian national team's performance was in line with expectations, although there were moments when they could have capitalised on Norway's unexpected dips in form. This sense of missed opportunity, albeit slight, does not overshadow the positive aspects of their campaign and the growth of football in the country.

          The health of Georgian football is notable, with several players making their mark in top European leagues. Giorgi Mamardashvili, the goalkeeper for Valencia, provides solidity at the back. Saba Sazonov, the centre-back playing for Torino, brings strength and skill to the defence. In the forward positions, Georges Mikautadze of Metz has shown promise, but it is Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of Napoli whose performances have captivated fans and pundits alike. This core of players, competing at high levels, suggests a bright future for Georgian football.

          Adding to the optimism is Georgia's impressive showing at the U21 Euros last summer, where they topped a group featuring footballing powerhouses like Portugal, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Such achievements hint at a well-structured development program and a generation of players capable of competing at the highest level. Willy Sagnol, the Georgian manager, has a promising pool of talent at his disposal, signalling an upward trajectory for the national team.

          Luxembourg's campaign was a revelation, finishing 3rd in a tough qualifying group that included Portugal, Slovakia, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Liechtenstein. Their performance was so robust that they were in contention for automatic qualification, narrowly missing out to Slovakia. This success is a testament to the significant investments made by the Luxembourg Football Association in the national footballing infrastructure and development programs, efforts that have begun to yield competitive dividends on the international stage.

          Luxembourg's squad boasts talents like Christopher Martins of Spartak Moscow and Leandro Barreiro of Mainz, who provide the team with creativity and stability in midfield. Yvandro Borges Sanches, a young winger from NEC Nijmegen, is another exciting prospect, highlighting the depth of talent emerging from Luxembourg's footballing ranks. Under the guidance of manager Luc Holtz, Luxembourg have transformed into a team that can no longer be underestimated by their opponents.

          The historical encounters between Georgia and Luxembourg have been closely contested, with their last meeting in 2018 resulting in a 1-0 victory for Luxembourg. Prior to this, Georgia had the upper hand with two wins and a draw. However, the dynamics have evolved since their last encounter, with both teams showing significant improvement and ambition. This upcoming match is not just about progressing in the playoffs; it's about making history and laying down a marker for the future.

          For Georgia, much will depend on the performances of their key players in top European leagues. Kvaratskhelia, in particular, is the one to watch, given his ability to turn a game on its head with his skill and pace. The experience of Mamardashvili in goal could also prove crucial in a tightly contested match.

          Luxembourg will rely on the midfield prowess of Martins and Barreiro to control the game's tempo and create opportunities. Borges Sanches's youthful exuberance and creativity could be the X-factor that Luxembourg needs to unlock the Georgian defence.

          Georgia To Win In Extra Time

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          Scored Draw (90 Mins)

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          Scored Draw (90 Mins) @ 7/2
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          Luxembourg To Win Either Half

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          Team News

          Georgia Team News:

          Willy Sagnol will likely stick with his preferred 5-3-2 formation here that sees Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and lead the line.

          Captain Guram Kashia will lead at the heart of the back three, likely alongside Solomon Kvirkvelia and Saba Sazonov, behind a midfield three of Giorgi Kochorashvili, Nika Kvekveskiri and Giorgi Chakvetadze.

          Giorgi Mamardashvili, of course, will start between the sticks.

          Luxembourg Team News:

          Luc Holtz tends to prefer a flat 4-5-1 formation that sees star midfielders Leandro Barreiro and Christopher Martins joined by Mathias Olesen in the middle of the park.

          Gerson Rodrigues, the country's all-time leading scorer, will likely lead the line alone while Danel Sinani, Florian Bohnert and Yvandro Borges Sanches will all compete for the two wide positions.

          Form Guide (Last Five Games)

          Georgia's form has been mixed in very recent weeks as they come into this game having won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five games. Their latest outing was a 3-1 loss away in Spain, an expected result that comes without shame, which followed a 2-2 draw at home to Scotland, where after a Khvicha Kvaratskhelia brace the Georgians looked like they were en route to a big victory, before Lawrence Shankland sunk in a 93rd-minute dagger which denied Georgia what would have been a great win.

          Prior to that, Georgia registered comfortable wins over Cyprus (4-0) and Thailand (8-0) which came after a 2-1 defeat away in Norway.

          Georgia are generally very good at home as they come into this one having lost just one of their last eleven games on their own patch. That defeat was, though, a 1-7 hammering at the hands of Spain.

          Luxembourg's form is identical to that of their opponents as they come into this game having won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five games. Their most recent game was a 1-0 win away at Liechtenstein, a result that followed an impressive 4-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina, courtesy of goals from Mathias Olesen, Gerson Rodrigues and an own goal, which means they're coming into this one in good shape.

          Prior to those wins, Luxembourg were beaten 0-1 by Slovakia, which came after a 1-1 draw with Iceland and a heavy 9-0 defeat away in Portugal.

          The defeat to Portugal aside, Luxembourg have been solid away from home with that defeat their only loss one the road in their last eight games, avoding defeat in tough places like Slovakia and Turkey.

          Footy Accumulators Prediction

          This one has all the makings of a very competitive encounter and should be a razor-tight playoff tie. Both sides have fared similarly when facing sides of all qualities, and the argument can be made that Luxembourg are collectively the better of the two sides. However, home advantage coupled with greater individual talent means we think the Georgians will shade this one. We predict: Georgia 2-1 Luxembourg (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 19/04/2024

          Header logoEuro 2024 Qualifying - Group J

          PosClubPWDLGDPTS
          1
          Team logoPortugal
          101000+3430
          2
          Team logoSlovakia
          10712+922
          3
          Team logoLuxembourg
          10523-617
          4
          Team logoIceland
          10316+110
          5
          Team logoBosnia
          10307-119
          6
          Team logoLiechtenstein
          100010-270
          Last updated 19/04/2024

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