Portugal v Greece Preview

Last updated : 14 June 2004 By Sandyhills Bear

Not that it always turns out that way but Portugal have omitted the considerable talents of Cristiano Ronaldo and Deco Souza from the starting-line up so that demonstrates the strength of their squad. Their coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has already named their team for this fixture which is;

Ricardo; Paulo Ferreira, Fernando Couto, Jorge Andrade, Rui Jorge; Costinha, Maniche, Rui Costa, Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pauleta.

They should line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Rui Costa, Figo and Simao taking turns to support Pauleta up front.

Greece won their qualifying group ahead of Spain and defeated the Spanish at home on the way so they come into the tournament with confidence. Otto Rehhagel has them playing a disciplined system and they will look to the likes of Bolton's Stelios Giannakopoulos and Atletico Madrid's Demis Nikolaidis for inspiration, though the latter is battling a calf injury and whether he'll play remains to be seen. At the time of writing the Greek starting line-up hadn't been announced.

Portugal won't want to experience a Greek tragedy in the Estadio Dragao and the hosts should do enough here to start off with 3 points.

Sandyhills Bear