Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Batumi Stadium will host Saturday’s World Cup qualifier between Georgia and Greece. The Georgians are having a campaign to forget, with the team collecting only one point in total from possible 15. Since the rock-bottom side have little to play for in their last group game, home win should not be considered. Slovan Bratislava defender Guram Kashia is banned for the hosts.
Greece, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Sweden. The Greeks aim to keep their qualification hopes alive, and we predict that they will prove their worth on the field. A man to watch in the away team will be talented AZ Alkmaar attacker Vangelis Pavlidis, who has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late. Dutch tactician John van’t Schip should stick to the 4-3-3 formation.
Highlighted Player (Giorgi Makaridze):
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, on March 31, 1990, Giorgi Makaridze is a goalkeeper who plays for Vitoria Setubal in Primeira Liga. After starting his youth career at Dinamo Tbilisi, Giorgi Makaridze made nine appearances for Dinamo Tbilisi reserve team from 2006 to 2008. In 2009 the Georgian shot-stopper moved to Le Mans, signing a four-year contract with the French outfit for a fee of €85,000.
Giorgi Makaridze played for the likes of Doxa Katokopia, Feirense, Moreirense, and Rio Ave as well before joining Vitoria Setubal in 2019. The Georgian goalkeeper made his Primeira Liga debut on February 23, 2019, in a 1-1 draw with Vitoria Guimaraes.
The experienced shot-stopper managed to keep four clean sheets in 11 appearances for Vitoria Setubal in the 2018/2019 Primeira Liga season. Giorgi Makaridze has six caps for the Georgia U21 team, and nowadays, he represents Georgia at the senior level. The Vitoria Setubal goalkeeper wears the number 90 jersey.
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.