Our football match prediction:
Greece will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Cyprus when they host Gibraltar at their Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki in their last group game. After failing to win five consecutive games in Group H, the Greeks desperately needed a win against Cyprus at the weekend and they managed to get one. Michael Skibbe’s men climbed to second place in the standings and a win over Gibraltar should see them book their place in the play-offs. A man to watch in the home team will be Kostas Mitroglou, who produced a splendid performance in the 2-1 win over the Cypriotes. Gibraltar head into the game following a heavy 6-0 loss to Estonia and the rock-bottom team are unlikely to spoil Greece’s party in Piraeus. Taking everything into account, the Greeks are likely to record a routine win over the minnows, who have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Highligted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. 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 (Gibraltar):
Gibraltar played their first unofficial match against Jersey in the 1993 Island Games. The Gibraltarians suffered a 2-1 loss to Jersey, but they did well to hold Slovakia to a goalless draw in their first official international match. Gibraltar participated in the 2016 World Cup qualifiers and they were drawn in Group D alongside Germany, Poland, Georgia, Republic of Ireland and Scotland. They failed to impress on their debut in the World Cup qualifiers and it has to be noted that the minnows suffered a loss in each of their ten group games (goal difference 2:56). Gibraltar recorded their first ever win against Malta on April 6, 2014 and that is considered the team’s biggest success. Danny Higginbotham, who played for the likes of Manchester United, Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke City and Sheffield United during his professional career, has three caps for Gibraltar national football team and he is considered the greatest player who whore Gibraltar shirt. The Gibraltarians play their home games at Estadio Algarve, speaking of qualifying matches.