Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
All eyes will be on Aviva Stadium when Republic of Ireland and Greece square off against each other in a highly-anticipated Euro 2024 qualifier. The Boys in Green are six points behind top two in Group B, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for them. Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been left out of the squad, with Max O’Leary making the cut. Experienced left-back James McClean has retired from international football, while John Egan misses out with injury.
Greece, on the other hand, aim to overtake Netherlands in second place in the standings, but beating Ireland in Dublin is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards and we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils in Friday’s qualifier. Despite failing to find the net in a 5-0 crushing of Gibraltar in September, AZ Alkmaar striker Vangelis Pavlidis will continue leading the line for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Max O\\\'Leary):
Born in Bath, England on October 10, 1996, Max O’Leary is an English goalkeeper who plays for Shrewsbury Town on loan from Bristol City. The Shrews shoot-stopper is a product of Bristol City football academy, but he played for the likes of Kidderminster Harriers, Bath City and Solihol Moors on loan before he signed a loan deal with the Blues.
Max O’Leary made his debut with Shrewsbury Town in the League One on August 3, 2019 in a 1-0 win over Portsmouth at Montgomery Waters Meadow. O’Leary impressed on his debut, keeping a clean sheet in his first ever game in the English third tier.
Max O’Leary’s stronger foot is right and his loan deal with the Shrews expires on May 31, 2020. His most successful season was the 2017/2018 campaign as he managed to keep 10 clean sheets in 23 appearances in the National League.
Highlighted Team (Greece):
Former European champions Greece played their first official match on April 7, 1929, with the team suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to Italy in Athens. The Greeks booked their place at the FIFA World Cup finals in 1994 for the first time ever, but they failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in United States of America.
The Galanolefki were eliminated in the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well, but they made it to the knockout stages of the tournament in Brazil four years later. However, the Greeks were more than unfortunate not to book their place in the quarter-finals as they were beaten by Costa Rica on penalties. However, Greece did remarkably well to win the 2004 European Championship and that is considered the national team’s biggest success.
Otto Rehhagel outplayed the likes of France and Czech Republic in the knockout stages to set up a meeting with hosts Portugal in the title game. Thanks to Angelos Charisteas’ goal 12 minutes into the second half Greece won the European Championship.