Greece is favoured for victory when they host Romania in their Fifa World Cup 2014 play-off game tomorrow Friday, November 15, 2013 in Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. Fernando Santos' Hellenic squad missed out on automatic qualification for next year's World Cup in Brazil on goal difference, after finishing level on points with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group G.
Greece is heading into this game with plenty of confidence having won their last six games without conceding a goal. Go Greece Go!
The 2004 European champions have won the last eight of their 10 qualifiers and conceded only four goals, gathering more points than any other second-placed side in the European qualifying groups.
However, the Hellenes, who are ranked 15th in the world, will be without Kyriakos Papadopoulos against Romania as the Schalke defender continues to struggle with a knee injury.
Fanis Gekas, 33, is being recalled by Santos and joining an experienced Hellenic team that includes Giorgos Karagounis, 36, and 34-year-old midfielder Costas Katsouranis.
Greece have been in just two World Cup finals, the second of which was in South Africa three years ago.
Moreover, the Romanian squad has not been in any finals since the 1998 showpiece in France, but they kept their hopes of reaching Brazil alive by securing a play-off place in Group D.