Our football match prediction:
Saturday’s football match at Neo GSP pits together Cyprus and Greece. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Gibraltar and Bosnia the Cypriotes suffered a 1-0 loss to Estonia in their last qualifying match, but they still have slim chances of booking their place in the play-offs. Cyprus sit in fourth place in Group H ahead of the visit of Greece, but they are only four points behind second-placed Bosnia, who face Belgium this weekend. The Greeks are eager to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Belgium and we predict that both side will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash in Nicosia. A lively contest appears on the cards and there is every chance both teams will find the net in their penultimate group game. Seeing that Greece play host to Gibraltar in their last group match, a win over Cyprus would see them move one step closer to booking their place in the play-offs.
Highligted Player (Georgios Efrem):
Born in Limassol, Cyprus on 5 July, 1989 Georgios Efrem played for his hometown club Apollon Limassol during his youth career, but in 2004 he joined Premier League club Arsenal at the age of 15. In 2007 he moved to Rangers, but he didn’t see any game action with the Gers at senior level. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well, returned to Cyprus in 2009, signing a deal with Omonia. After scoring 25 goals in 134 league appearances for the club, the 171-cm-tall footballer joined fellow Cypriot outfit APOEL on 6 June, 2014. Efrem made his debut for the club against Helsinki on 30 July, 2014 in the Europa League qualifying match. It has to be noted that he was named the best player of the 2015/2016 Cypriot First Division campaign. The APOEL winger made his Cyprus debut on 3 March, 2010 in a goalless draw with Iceland. Four years later he scored his first ever hat-trick for the Cypriot national team in a 5-0 triumph over Andorra.
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.