This is a solid, unspectacular Greece side that lacks both genuine creativity and mobility in attacking positions.
The former problem seems unsolvable, while the latter will probably be addressed mainly from the bench, as Fernando Santos is excellent at making substitutions.
Until then, though, right-sided forward Salpingidis will be crucial. He’s playing up front in a trio comprising Giorgos Samaras, who plays a bizarre, static hold-up role on the left, and Kostas Mitroglou, whose fitness levels are anyone’s guess following a half-season without game time at Fulham.
Salpingidis isn’t prolific, but he’s mobile, energetic and capable of providing a spark—something Greece really don’t have elsewhere.