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A lot is on the line for both teams in our Greece vs Netherlands predicted lineups for this anticipated UEFA Euro 2024 qualifier game to be held at the Agia Sophia Stadium in Athens this Monday evening.
The hosts have a huge chance at solidifying their second spot in Group B and denting the Dutch side’s direct Euros qualifying hopes.
Greece vs Netherlands Predicted Lineups and Team News
Greece took over the second automatic qualifying spot in their group with a gritty 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland. Gus Poyet’s side are high on confidence with a two-game winning run and are well aware that another win can create a five-point difference between them and the Netherlands in Group B.
Doing that can help Greece take a huge step forward to automatic qualification because of just one qualifier remaining after that.
Netherlands continued their shaky form under Ronald Koeman by being completely outdone in their 2-1 loss to France. Fortunately for the Dutch side, they have a game in hand in Group B and their automatic qualification hopes are still very much alive.
For that, however, Koeman’s side must pick up a win to go level on points with Greece. Doing that can help the Netherlands go into their final two qualifiers knowing that winning both will secure them a guaranteed spot in the Euros.
Team News: Greece
Ethniki missed experienced defender Giorgos Tzavellas for their game against Ireland due to an unspecified issue. Fortunately for Gus Poyet, his side was able to come unscathed from the previous game and are not suffering from any other injury problems.
While Poyet will be respectful of the Dutch team’s strong points in both the attack and defence, he’ll urge his side to take the fight to them. The Greek side are now high on momentum and will look to expose the Netherlands’ persisting problems by exposing their vulnerabilities. Expect to see a positive, attack-minded approach for Greece in this one.
Greece Predicted Lineup
Odysseas Vlachodimos (GK), Lazaros Rota, Kostas Mavropanos, Panagiotis Retsos, Kostas Tsimikas, Dimitrios Kourbelis, Emmanouil Siopis, Petros Mantalos, Giorgos Masouras, Dimitrios Pelkas, Giorgos Giakoumakis
Team News: Netherlands
Ronald Koeman is undergoing a really unlucky spell when it comes to injuries to his squad. Key players like Cody Gakpo, Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Sven Botman, and Mark Flekken are all unavailable to him due to injury problems.
To make things worse, striker Wout Weghorst also had to go off against France after suffering an injury. He is a major doubt for this upcoming Greece vs Netherlands predicted lineups after not being spotted in their recent training session either.
Koeman will have to make do with whatever options are available and put out a strong Netherlands team that can outwit Greece and empower their chances of automatic qualification for Euro 2024.
Netherlands Predicted Lineup
Bart Verbruggen (GK), Denzel Dumfries, Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake, Quilindschy Hartman, Martin de Roon, Joey Veerman, Tijjani Reijnders, Steven Bergwijn, Xavi Simons, Donyell Malen
Can Giorgos Giakoumakis outwit the Dutch backline?
Atalanta United forward Giorgos Giakoumakis has managed to make the no.9 role his own in the Greece national team and is one to watch in Greece vs Netherlands predicted lineups. The 28-year-old scored a thumping header against Ireland and has all the skills in his arsenal to keep the Netherlands backline guessing.
Giakoumakis has been in impressive form for Atalanta in the MLS, scoring 15 goals in 26 appearances so far this season. He has developed himself into a clinical goal-scorer in the box, being able to get himself in all the right areas in the key moments. He can be the one to help Greece unlock a Dutch backline with Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake commanding as leaders.
Giakoumakis will look to use his physicality and proactive nature in the box to keep the defenders and cause them to drop their performance levels. He will need to be at his ruthless best to help his side get a major win over the Netherlands and take them one step closer to Euro 2024 qualification.
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