Romania vs. Greece: World Cup Betting Odds, Match Preview, Second Leg

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2013

ATHENS, GREECE - OCTOBER 15:  Giorgos Karagounis of Greece in action during the group G FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Greece and Liechtenstein at Karaiskakis Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Athens, Greece.  (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)
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Greece is in great shape to head to Brazil after their 3-1 win over Romania in the first leg of their European World Cup qualifying tie.

To advance, the Romanians must score multiple goals on a Greek squad that had seven clean sheets in their previous seven matches before the first leg in Athens.

Suffice to say, it's a tall order for Romania on Tuesday, and their chances of making an appearance in Brazil next summer appear slim.

Back in Bucharest on Tuesday, Romania is the betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. They were priced at +115 with Greece at +300 and a draw line of +240.

Greece's Konstantinos Mitroglou had two goals in the first leg, and even though his squad lost the time of possession battle, they generated more shots.

Georgios Samaras delivered two assists in the match, both on crosses. The Romanian defense will be sunk again if they fail to mark Greek attackers on aerial passes.

It was a poor showing for Romania, who really looked out of form, especially in the second half.

In the match, Gabriel Torje's blast from distance and Razvan Cocis' close-range effort before half represented their only real scoring chances.

With a two-goal lead in this playoff, look for the Greek defense to pack the back line and defend. If Romania struggled against the Greeks on Friday, they really have their work cut out for them on Tuesday when Greece will focus more on defending their lead.

To have any chance, Romania must strike early and hope to generate momentum. Taking chances against Greece, however, carries a significant risk of counter-attack.

In earlier qualifying, Romania did score at home, beating Hungary 3-0 and Estonia 2-0. So there is hope for them, but the odds—like the Greek back line—are stacked against them.

In other World Cup odds action on Tuesday, Croatia is favored at home against Iceland, the French need goals after losing at the Ukraine and Sweden is a thin home favorite against visiting Portugal.

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