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Northern Ireland kicks off their campaign in the UEFA Nations League Division C with a home match against Greece.
The visitors just missed out on promotion in the previous campaign, and both countries will be eager to get off to a quick start in a group that they expect to win.
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Ian Baraclough hasn’t always appeared like the right fit for Northern Ireland, with the former Under-21s coach failing to win any of his first 11 matches in command.
However, the Green and White army has fared much better in the second half of his 22-game term, with five wins and significant draws against Switzerland and Italy.
The stalemate with the Azzurri, which cost the European champions a place in the World Cup, piqued fans’ interest, and there is now genuine hope that they may win this championship.
The upcoming quartet of matches will be taxing on an inexperienced squad’s legs and wits, but a win over Greece would really get things going to get back to Division B.
On the downside, Northern Ireland lost 1-0 to Hungary in their most recent match, breaking a three-match unbeaten record.
In terms of Greece, the appointment of the well-traveled Gus Poyet as their new leader marks the beginning of a new era.
So far, the left-field pick has had a mixed bag of results, with a 1-0 win in Romania followed by a 1-0 loss in Montenegro.
Poyet would have like to work with his new group of players ahead of the season, and the Uruguayan is currently in charge of a club that only has one outfield player over the age of 30.
The major flaw is that none of this group has scored more than five goals for their country, which is unsurprising given that Greece hasn’t scored more than two goals in a game since 2017.
On the other hand, Greece has not conceded more than twice in a match in three years, which should give Poyet reason to be optimistic in the future.
With both countries on the rise, this should be a difficult match. Northern Ireland will start as the slight favorites, but we expect the visitors to score in the last third at some point, earning a draw that will be more than enough for their fans.