Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Promotion to League B will be at stake when Greece and Slovenia go head to head at Georgios Kamaras Stadium on Wednesday evening. Greece recorded a routine 2-0 win over Moldova at the weekend, but they face yet another must-win situation against Slovenia. The good news for the hosts is that midfielder Dimitrios Kourbelis returns from suspension. The Zmajceki, on the other hand, defeated Kosovo thanks to Josip Ilicic’s late goal from the penalty spot.
Slovenia are one point away from securing promotion to League B, but given Greece’s display in the triumph over Moldova, we are tempted to put our money on the home team this time out. It has to be noted that Slovenia have never defeated Greece in a competitive match. Midfielder Jaka Bijol returns from suspension for the visiting team, while Andraz Sporar is pushing for a start.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. SL Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014.
A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances.
Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Slovenia):
Slovenia have been competing on the international stage following the split of Yugoslavia in 1991. The Slovenians were outclassed by France in their first unofficial match (0-5), whilst they shared the spoils with Estonia in their first official game (1-1).
The former Yugoslav republic participated at three major football tournaments, with the team making it to the FIFA World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea (2002) and South Africa 2010, whilst booking their place at the Euro 2000 which was hosted by Netherlands and Belgium. Slovenia, though, have yet to make it to the knockout stages of the major tournament and that remains their unfulfilled dream.
Srecko Katanec and Zlatko Zahovic are regarded as the most famous footballers who played for the Slovenian national football team and they were part of Slovenia’s “Golden generation”. The Slovenians, who recorded their biggest win against Oman in 1999, welcome their rivals at Ljudski vrt in Stozice and the capacity of the venue is 12.702.