Romania vs Greece by Isaiah
It could be said that the Romanians walked away with a positive result back on Friday evening away in Hungary, when the team earned a goalless draw and kept their advantage on the second position, keeping the Hungarians on a three points difference. In case of a victory tonight against Greeks, they would make a decisive step towards the direct qualifications being also only a point away from first placed Northern Ireland.
The game itself in Hungary was quite a balanced one, with the Romanians being maybe slightly better, but overall the draw was a fair outcome. Till the end of the qualifications, counting this game, they will also welcome Finland and travel away to Faroe Islands, making this game a perfect chance to almost seal the qualification and just mathematically assure it in October. With four wins and three draws till now, also only one goal conceded in previous seven rounds, their defensive lineup will be one of the strongest parts of the team now, but also knowing that they need to attack in order to obtain all three points. Forwards Stancu and Marica weren't invited for this one due injuries. Winger Alexandru Chipciu won't perform here due suspension, but midfielder Mihai Pintilli is back after serving his ban.
Greece, on the other hand, stood without mathematical chances of reaching the third position and play-off rounds on Friday evening, when the team once again showed an uninspiring performance in a narrow 0:1 loss at home against Finland. Once again they were unable to show much of a creativity in midfield, did try and kept the ball more in their possession, but simply couldn't score - something that they have problems with in months and months.
Finland was searching for their chance mostly via counter attacks and managed to net the three points worth goal in 75th minute via Pohjanpalo, while the home side didn't respond well later on and succumbed to another defeat. This now remains the most disappointing qualifying path for the Greeks in many, many years, as the team has only two points out of seven qualifying games - draws away to Finland and Hungary, while the team for example, suffered two defeats against Faroe Islands. Without any motive and with anything of positive psychology, it's hard to see the Greeks making extra effort here and getting out away with something positive. Right full back Vasilis Torosidis was suspended for previous game, but also wasn't invited as he is injured, while sidelined with injury is also midfielder Sotiris Ninis.
Can't say that Romanian players are individually way more quality or anything like that, however everything else seems to be on Romanian side at the moment. Current form, atmosphere around the national team, relations between players, huge competitive motive here and atmosphere on the stands point out to a home victory.