Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Greece will be aiming to overtake Slovenia in top position in Group 3 when they face Moldova at Stadionul Zimbru on Sunday. The Greeks failed to turn their dominance into win in a goalless draw with Kosovo, but they are surely capable of beating the out-of-sorts Moldovans behind closed doors. Despite failing to convert a penalty in the draw with Kosovo, Alanyaspor man Anastasios Bakasetas is likely to keep his place in the starting XI, while fellow midfielder Dimitrios Kourbelis is out of contention through suspension.
The Moldovans have been struggling in the new Nations League campaign, and, as a result, they are stuck at the bottom of the table. Since the hosts are on a three-game losing run in the process, anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. Earlier in the process Greece defeated Moldova 2-0 at Olympic Stadium of Athens.
Highlighted Player (Alexei Koselev):
Alexei Koselev is a Moldovan international who plays for Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard. Koselev started his youth career at Kuban Krasnodar, but he did not see any game action with the Russian club at senior level.
The Moldovan goalkeeper played for the likes of Gagauzia, Dacia-2 Buiucani, Real-Succes, Saxan Gagauz Yeri, FC Tiraspol, Sheriff Tiraspol, and Politehnica Iasi before joining Fortuna Sittard in the summer of 2018. Alexei Koselev has 18 caps for the Moldova U21 team, and he made his senior debut in a qualifier against Russia in 2015.
The 200-cm-tall shot-stopper managed to keep his first clean sheet with the Moldova national team in a 2-0 win over San Marino on March 19, 2017. Alexei Koselev’s preferred foot is right, and he wears the No. 77 shirt at Fortuna Sittard. He made his Eredivisie debut on August 11, 2018 in a 1-1 draw with Excelsior.
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.