Greece vs. Spain Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Greece welcome Spain on Thursday evening for their seventh round clash from Group B in the World Cup qualifiers campaign. The hosts must win if they want to keep their hopes for second place alive, while Spain will also be looking for the three points in their attempts to surpass group leaders Sweden.

Where and when: Athens Olypmic Stadium – 11 November, kick-off 19:45

Where you can see Greece vs. Spain: Sky Sports

Last time: Alvaro Morata gave Spain the lead, but a second-half penalty from Anastasios Bakasetas held La Roja to a 1-1 draw in Granada in the last meeting between those teams back in March.

Greece v Spain Predictions and Preview

Six and a half months after their 1-1 draw in Spain, La Roja and Greece meet again, but this time in Athens. Greece must win at all costs if they want to keep their chances for second place alive as they are currently trailing Spain by four points.

However, Luis Enrique’s men will also be chasing a victory as it will keep them in the race for first place in Group B of this World Cup qualifying campaign. Sweden are currently the group leaders, two points above La Roja, while Georgia and Kosovo are the other teams in the group. 

All this suggests and intriguing encounter at the Athens Olympic Stadium, as both teams have plenty to play for and need to bounce back after suffering defeats in their last games. Spain suffered a 2-1 loss to France in the Nations League final, while Greece were beaten 2-0 by Sweden in their last qualifier.

Spain have three wins and two defeats in their last five games, so consistency keeps being an issue, as Enrique’s side can be brilliant in some games and equally clueless in others.

Alvaro Morata has been struggling for goals recently, but finally scored for Juventus in the 4-2 win over Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League, so he might be in contention to start. Despite this, Ferran Torres seems to be the preferred choice as a False Nine, as the Manchester City man has been performing well for his country and has four goals in his last four outings.

Greece have two wins, two draws and one defeat in their last five games, as before losing to Sweden, Greece were on an impressive run of 14 games without a defeat in official competitions. However, historically Greece have just one win in their last 11 games against Spain, so it’s no surprise to see La Roja being heavy favourites at 4/7.

Despite this, the hosts have proven to be a tough nut to crack and can definitely hold their own, especially at home, with their last defeat in Athens dating from 2019. A victory for Greece can be backed up at 24/5, while the draw is available at 3/1.

One to watch for Greece: Anastasios Bakasetas’s three strikes in this qualifying campaign have been crucial for a Greece team that have scored just seven goals so far. Bakasetas equalized for his country for the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Spain, so he is one to watch in the first scorers market.

One to watch for Spain: Ferran Torres has four goals in his last four outings for his country and the Manchester City man will be eager to add up to that tally against Greece. The 21-year-old already has also found the back of the net four times in the World Cup qualifiers, so watch out for him to break the deadlock on Thursday.

Long shot: Spain managed a 2-1 victory in their last trip to Greece and a repeat of that result is available at 15/2, while if you are looking for bigger odds you can add Ferran Torres as the first scorer.

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