Greek national soccer team players take part in a training session in Hrasnica, March 21, 2013. Greece will play against Bosnia in a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match on Friday. (Photo : REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Greece will look to take over first place in Group G when it takes on Latvia in the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.
Greece currently sits in a tie for first place with Bosnia and Herzegovina with 16 points in seven games. Bosnia and Herzegovina holds the crucial goal differential tie breaker and the head to head tie breaker; Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated the Greeks back in March in a 3-1 domination in Zenica.
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Greece has a huge opportunity on Tuesday as Bosnia and Herzegovina will take on a Slovakian side that is only four points behind first and second place; a victory for Slovakia would give Greece complete control of the group if they managed to win against Latvia. Theofanis Gekas and Konstantinos Mitroglou have scored twice for Greece in the tournament; no other Greek player has scored more than two goals in qualifying.
Latvia is on its last legs and cannot afford to lose a single point against Greece. With seven points in seven games (two wins, one draw, and four losses), Latvia can acquire a maximum of 16 points; a single point for Greece and/or Bosnia and Herzegovina will eliminate Latvia from contention completely. The team opened its qualifiers with a 2-1 loss against Greece in Riga. The team was then destroyed 4-1 by Bosnia and Herzegovina before losing to Slovakia 2-1. They then defeated Liechtenstein 2-0 but drew 1-1 in the ensuing game with the same team. A 5-0 loss to Bosnia and Herzegovina followed before Latvia defeated Lithuania 2-1 in its most recent game.
Prediction: Greece wins 3-0.
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. EST