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Greece vs Switzerland Prediction & Betting tips
The Swiss national team has been in a six-day training camp in Thessaloniki since Monday. On Friday there will be a friendly against Greece. The host is currently being coached by Micheal Skibbe and has not qualified for the final round of the World Cup. Against Croatia, the Greeks failed in the playoffs. Switzerland, on the other hand, will be represented at the World Cup in Russia. The Confederation has beaten their playoff opponent.
For this friendly match Vladimir Petkovic has to give up some of his top performers. For Dimitri Oberlin stands for the first time in the squad of the senior team. The betting odds are very balanced, after all you get back on successful bets on a win in Switzerland twice the stake back. The match will be kicked off at 19:00 at Toumba Stadium.
The Greek national team has had difficult years. In qualifying for the European Championship 2016 the blue whites disappointed all along the line. In a rather weak group, the Greeks managed only one victory, this in the last group match against Hungary. With six points from ten games, the team finished last. Then Michael Skibbe took over the team and coached it to second place in qualifying Group H for the World Cup. Only one defeat against Belgium conceded Greece. With this ranking, the Greece had to take the detour via the playoffs. In November, these games took place, with Croatia at home the game already decided in the first half. The 1: 4 mortgage from the first leg could no longer catch up with the Greeks. Accordingly, the World Cup takes place in the summer without Greek participation.
The To Piratiko – as the Greek national team is also called – is too dangerous on the offensive. On average, they only scored once per game in qualifying when the games against Gibraltar are withdrawn. Also in this test match against Switzerland, I expect a maximum of one goal of the Greeks.
Switzerland played an excellent qualification. In Group B, however, there were no strong opponents alongside Portugal and Hungary. The Swiss earned 27 points in the first nine games. In Basel, Switzerland even won 2-0 against Portugal, with Ronaldo absent from the Portuguese. The situation was different in the second leg in Lisbon. In this game, the Portuguese superstar was on the pitch and Portugal won. Therefore, Petkovic’s squad had to settle for second place and take the detour over the playoffs.
With Northern Ireland was faced with a difficult opponent, who qualified for the European Championship and also wanted to go for the first time to a World Cup. Switzerland played well and secured the ticket to Russia thanks to the penalties Rodriguez. In the last finals, Switzerland never got further than the round of 16. For this performance, the Confederates have been assigned to difficult group opponents. With Serbia, Switzerland will duel for second place. After all, there is still the five-time world champion Brazil in Group E, which is likely to claw the first place.
The national coach will miss some cornerstones of his team for the friendly against Greece. Admir Mehmedi, Denis Zakaria, Eren Derdiyok and Xherdan Shaqiri all did not travel to Thessaloniki due to injury. For the 20-year-old Dimitri Oberlin stands for the first time in the squad of the senior team.
Greece vs Switzerland head to head matches
06.02.13 FI Greece Switzerland 0 : 0
05.09.09 WC Switzerland Greece 2 : 0
15.10.08 WC Greece Switzerland 1 : 2
31.03.04 FI Greece Switzerland 1 : 0
15.08.00 FI Switzerland Greece 2 : 2