Ireland is set to face Greece in the QR, Group B match of the European Championship on October 13.
Four months since their previous QR Group B encounter, where Greece clinched a 2-1 victory, the Irish and Greek football teams prepare to square off once more. Ireland’s form has been underwhelming, coming off recent losses to the Netherlands and France.
Conversely, the Greek team rides high on confidence, following a dominant 5-0 triumph over Gibraltar in the QR Group B.
Ireland’s recent performances have been challenging, with defeats to both the Netherlands and France. From their last 20 games, Ireland emerged victorious in 8, faced defeat in 9, and settled for a draw in 3. Greece’s form is comparatively better, boasting 10 wins, 6 losses, and 4 draws from their previous 20 matches.
In their last six outings, Ireland celebrated victories against Gibraltar (3-0 on June 20) and Latvia (3-2 on March 23) but suffered defeats to the Netherlands (1-2 on September 11), France (2-0 on September 8 & 0-1 on March 28), and Greece (2-1 on June 17).
Greece, in the same span, secured wins over Gibraltar (5-0 on September 11 & 0-3 on March 25) and Ireland (2-1 on June 17). They faced losses against the Netherlands (3-0 on September 8) and France (1-0 on June 20) and had a single draw against Lithuania (0-0 on March 28).
Heading into this fixture, Ireland’s manager Stephen Kenny is fortunate to have an entirely fit squad at his disposal.
Similarly, the Greek manager Gustavo Poyet is free from injury woes, with a full roster available for selection.
Since June 2023, Ireland and Greece have squared off once, with Greece taking the honors in that encounter. Their latest duel was on June 17, 2023, in the QR, Group B of the European Championship, ending in a 2-1 win for Greece. Across this singular matchup, Ireland netted once, while Greece registered two goals.