Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
After holding Spain to a 1-1 draw in their opener, Greece will be looking to record their first win in Group B when they face Georgia in Thessaloniki on Wednesday evening. The Greeks showed character in their opener, and, to make things even better for the fans, John van’t Schip’s troops defeated Honduras 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday. The likes of Zeca, Basaketas, and Masouras are all likely to be recalled to the starting XI.
The Georgians were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Spain in their second group game, but Dani Olmo eventually scored a late winner for La Furia Roja. Since Willy Sagnol’s men are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Thessaloniki, we are tempted to put our money on the in-form hosts. Konyaspor attacker Levan Shengelia is banned for the visitors after he was sent off in the defeat to Spain.
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 (Georgia):
Georgia are yet another former Soviet republic who have been competing as an independent country since 1990. The Georgians had their international debut on May 27, 1990, with the team sharing the spoils with Lithuania in Tbilisi.
Georgia have been struggling in the qualifiers for both FIFA World Cup and the European Championship ever since they played their first qualifying game and they have yet to book their place at the finals of the major tournaments. The Georgian national football team recorded their biggest win on March 30, 1997, with the team hammering Armenia in front of home fans, but they were demolished by Denmark (1-6) eight years later and that is considered the team’s biggest loss.
The Likes of Kakha Kaladze and Shota Arveladze are considered Georgia’s most famous players. Kakha Kaladze played for Georgia from 1996 to 2011, scoring one goal in 83 appearances for the national team. The left-footed defender won two Champions League titles with Serie A giants AC Milan (2003, 2007).