Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Rheinpark Stadion will host Saturday’s qualifier between Liechtenstein and Greece. Liechtenstein are on a four-game winless run ahead of the visit of Greece and it is no surprise they are considered underdogs in the opening match of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. Angelos Anastasiadis’ men, on the other hand, are determined to make amends for the unsuccessful UEFA Nations League campaign and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field. Greece want this win more than Liechtenstein and we believe that they are going to give fans something to cheer about this weekend. A man to watch in the away team will be Olympiakos midfielder Konstantinos Fortounis, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. Anyhow, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors, who are eager to make a flying start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
Highlighted Player (Stefanos Kapino):
Stefanos Kapino is a professional footballer who plays for Greek side Olympiakos as a goalkeeper. He started his senior career at Panathinaikos, Olympiakos’ bitterest rivals and he made 41 league appearances for Oi Prasanoi. Kapino played for Bundesliga side Mainz in the past as well, but he made no more than two league appearances for the German outfit in the 2014/2015 season.
In 2015 he 196-cm-tall shoot-stopper signed a three-year deal with Olympiakos for a fee of €2 million, but he played just three league games for the Thrylos in the 2015/2016 Greek Superleague campaign. Stefanos Kapino, though, won the national championship with Olympiakos in 2016, while clinching the 2014 Greek Cup with the club.
Kapino is a footballer of Albanian descent, but he represents Greece on the international stage. On 15 November, 2011 he made his debut for the Greek national team in a friendly match against Romania. He became the youngest footballer to play for Greece at senior level (17 years and 241 days).
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.