Greece vs France Match Analysis & Prediction
21/11/2023 10:45 pm
On the back of recording their biggest-ever victory in history, France close out an flawless Euro 2024 qualifying campaign when they travel to Athens to face Greece on Tuesday night.
France maintained their 100% record in Group B with a 14-0 thrashing of Gibraltar on Saturday, while Greece also emerged victorious from their most recent game, beating New Zealand 2-0 in a friendly.
Despite the total lack of atmosphere, Gus Poyet’s side navigated their task with professionalism to claim a 2-0 victory on home soil, as Giannis Konstantelias broke the deadlock before Georgios Giakoumakis scored the insurance goal just before the half-hour mark.
Greece have already been confirmed as one of 12 playoff-competing nations as they bid to end a 12-year exile from the Euros, having been knocked out of Euro 2012 in the quarter-finals before two failed qualifying campaigns.
France had left quite a bit to be desired in a 3-0 victory over Gibraltar earlier in Group B, but even before the perpetual whipping boys went down to 10 men – Ethan Santos’ horror tackle on Warren Zaire-Emery warranted a straight red card – Los Llanis were already lambs to the slaughter.
Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick, Kingsley Coman and Olivier Giroud’s braces, Zaire-Emery’s debut goals and Jonatham Clauss’ thunderbolt were just a few highlights on a night which also saw Youssouf Fofana, Ousmane Dembele, Marcus Thuran and Adrien Rabiot contribute to the thrashing, as well as Santos’ third-minute own goal.
On account of their record-breaking beating, France have ensured a spot in the coveted Pot 1 of the Euro 2024 group-stage draw, but pride is not the only thing on the line for Didier Deschamps’ side this week, as they are out to end 2023 with a seventh successive away win in Euros qualifying.
Greece vs. France Head to head
In the nine previous meetings between these two teams, Greece have claimed one victory while France have won seven, and they have drawn once. France have scored 24 goals and conceded seven in the process.
Greece Team News
Poyet will be without two of his starting midfielders from Friday, as Petros Mantalos and Dimitrios Kourbelis both have one-game suspensions to serve.
Andreas Bouchalakis and Dimitrios Pelkas should be drafted into the midfield in place of the banned pair, while the majority of the starting XI from the win over New Zealand should retain their places here.
Greece's Last 5 Matches
13/10/2023Republic of Ireland0Greece2Euros Qualifiers
France Team News
A suspected sprain for 17-year-old Zaire-Emery will almost rule him out of Tuesday’s game, offering Fofana, Boubacar Kamara or Khephren Thuram hope of a start in midfield.
Multiple changes can be expected from Deschamps, who may draft Jules Kounde, Lucas Hernandez, Brice Samba and Randal Kolo Muani into his final qualifying lineup.
France's Last 5 Matches
07/09/2023France2Republic of Ireland0Euros Qualifiers
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