In an international friendly on Monday, Greece will play Lithuania at the Agia Sofia in Nea Filadelfeia, hoping to make it two wins in a row for the month.
Giorgos Masouras, Emmanouil Siopis, and Anastasios Bakasetas scored for The Pirate Ship in their 3-0 win over Gibraltar earlier this week to kick off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
The champions of Euro 2004 hope to compete on the European stage for the first time since 2012, but their group includes heavyweights France and the Netherlands.
Since this is just a friendly, head coach Gus Poyet may decide to make big changes to his team, including bringing AZ Alkmaar star Vangelis Pavlidis back into the lineup after only playing off the bench the previous time.
Kostas Fortounis and Dimitris Pelkas, two seasoned midfielders, may also be selected. Olympiacos goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis is gunning for only his 6th cap with the Greek public group.
Dusan Tadic and Dusan Vlahovic combined to defeat Lithuania in their first Euro qualifier, a 2-0 loss to Serbia.
The Baltic team ranked 144th in the world, will play their first friendly match in a year. In March 2022, they defeated San Marino 2-1, but just days later, they lost 1-0 to Ireland.
Greece could select a weaker team to rest their key players, but they would still be able to defeat Lithuania, who have ranked 93 places below them.
Prediction: Greece 1-0 Lithuania
Greece and Lithuania have met just threefold before with Greece winning two times and losing once.
In their first match, Lithuania defeated Greece 2-1 in May 1995; Greece won their next two matches, in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Lithuania has lost eight of their last ten games, including their last two.
Greece won their third game in a row, defeating Gibraltar 3-0. For the first time since June 2022, they want to win two games in a row. In his last three games for Greece, Anastasios Bakasetas has scored once.
Greece has scored in its last four games, while Lithuania has not scored in its last three games.
Even though Poyet’s team dominated Gibraltar’s second half, he will probably make a few adjustments for this game.
Dimitris Giannoulis and Panos Retsos could play in the Greece defense, and Giannis Konstantelias, a young player who made his debut as a substitute on Friday, could play in the midfield.
Tasos Chatzigiovanis is an option down the right flank, and Vangelis Pavlidis is also in line to appear in the middle of the attack.
Although Jankauskas is expected to make fewer changes, it is still expected that he will tweak his Lithuania team.
In the event that Markas Beneta is unable to play, Rolandas Baravykas could take his place at left-back, and Arvydas Novikovas and Vykintas Slivka could play in the midfield.
Vlachodimos; Baldock, Retsos, Chatzidiakos, Giannoulis; Bakasetas, Siopis, Konstantelias; Chatzigiovanis, Pavlidis, Pelkas
Bartkus; Lasickas, Kazukolovas, Girdvainis, Baravykas; Cernych, Slivka, Simkus, Golubickas, Novikovas; Paulauskas
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