Northern Ireland welcome Greece to Belfast on Thursday evening as their 2022/23 Nations League campaign kicks off in Belfast, with Ian Baraclough’s side looking to hit the ground running.
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Northern Ireland vs Greece Bet Builder Tips
Shayne Lavery to Score Anytime @ 10/3 on bet365
Blackpool striker Shayne Lavery has enjoyed a successful season in Lancashire despite a number of injury setbacks, scoring eight goals in 20 Championship starts.
We’re not sure if Lavery will be Ian Baraclough’s frontman of choice, but a strike partnership alongside Bolton Wanderers’ Dion Charles could be the winning formula for Northern Ireland.
We’re tipping the 23-year-old to open his Nations League account on Thursday and find the back of the net in front of the green and white army at Windsor Park.
Draw @ 2/1 on bet365
Our next selection for this bet builder is a draw. With Northern Ireland and Greece being two very evenly matched sides, this is the only plausible result we see on Thursday.
Both are great defensively, but lack depth and quality in the midfield and final third – and this is where we think the game could get stuck for the pair with neither side able to break each other down.
At 2/1, there is a lot of value in this selection and it would be very typical of Northern Ireland to play out a draw in their opening Nations League game.
Giorgos Tzavelas to be Booked @ 7/5 on bet365
Our final selection for this bet builder is for Greece’s Giorgos Tzavelas to make his way into the referee’s book.
The 34-year-old defender for AEK Athens was shown a yellow card six times during his side’s league campaign this season, and he also picked up three yellow cards in seven World Cup qualifying games over the last year.
Northern Ireland’s frontline of Lavery, Charles and potentially Gavin Whyte to come off the bench is explosive pace at its finest – and at 34, Tzavelas doesn’t quite have the legs anymore to keep up with the youngsters.
We’re rounding off our Northern Ireland vs Greece bet builder with a 7/5 selection of Girogos Tzavelas to be booked.