Our prediction for this Nations League match:
After sharing the spoils with Slovenia in their Nations League opener, Greece did well to beat Kosovo on the road in their second group game. The Greeks regained a much-needed confidence, and, as a result, they are seen as hot favourites to beat Moldova at home ground. You should bear in mind that Greece recorded four wins in the previous five games in all competitions. The Moldovans, on the other hand, continue to struggle on the international stage.
The ex-Soviet Union country suffered nine defeats in last ten matches, and seeing that Greece are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the underdogs are unlikely to claim a major scalp at Olympic Stadium of Athens “Spiros Louis”. In their last meeting in Athens Greece recorded a routine 3-0 win over Moldova, and the history is likely to repeat itself.
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 (Moldova):
Seeing that they were a part of Soviet Union until 1991, Moldova played their first game as an independent country on July 2, 1991. The Moldovans were beaten by Georgina in front of home fans in Chisinau, but the following year the team recorded their biggest win on the international stage as they rolled over Pakistan 5-0 in Amman, Jordan.
The former Soviet republic have yet to qualify for the finals of the World Cup or the European Championship, but they recorded a couple of thrilling wins in the past. Moldova crushed Montenegro 5-2 in Podgorica in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Brazil.
The Moldovans were producing fine showings under Igor Dobrovolskiy in the 2008 European Championship qualifiers as well and it has to be noted that they hammered Hungary 3-0 at Stadionul Zimbru on November 17, 2007. Russian Premier League star Alexandru Gatcan is considered one of the most famous Moldavian footballers.