World Cup Qualifying Group G Preview

Lithuania coach Csaba Laszlo is expecting a tough challenge from Slovakia when the two sides kick-off their World Cup qualifying campaigns in Vilnius.

Football News: Marek Cech, Slovakia

Slovakia have recorded some decent results in recent friendly matches and Romanian Laszlo believes his team face a stern test.

"It's a team capable of winning friendly matches away from home, it defeated the Turkish and Danish teams," he said.

"The Slovak team can cause problems for any other team. Therefore we have to be prepared, 100 percent."

Laszlo also admitted his side will be the underdogs but does not feel there is much of a difference between the two squads.

"Slovakia is favourite," he said. "(But) Slovak footballers do not have three legs and five arms, they are the same people as we are. The only difference is that we're playing with a yellow shirt - and they have blue."

Slovakia defender Marek Cech believes the national team is benefiting from a number of players plying their trade in some of Europe's best leagues and a lack of egos.

He said: "Slovakia is a small nation and so every player in the national team is a key man. We have a good balance in the side, with no big stars or celebrities.

"Our team is young and has the right attitude, while we've got good players playing for quality sides in major leagues. The standard of the Slovak league is also on the up."

Greece face a trip to Latvia, where a late Kyriakos Papadopoulos goal gave them a 1-1 draw the last time they travelled to Riga as part of their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Striker Dimitris Salpigidis is missing due to a broken toe but Greece, who moved up to 11th in the FIFA World Rankings earlier in the week, will still be firm favourites.

Meanwhile fellow Group G participants Bosnia and Herzegovina travel to Liechtenstein.

UEFA World Cup Qualification Group G Fixtures

Lithuania vs Slovakia

Latvia vs Greece

Liechtenstein vs Bosnia and Herzegovina



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