While the Netherlands were the most high profile absentee from this summer's European Championships, Greece's failure to qualify was also something of a shock.
Having made it through to the last three editions of the tournament as well as back-to-back World Cups, the Greeks were abysmal in qualifying - finishing bottom of their group after losing home and away to the Faroe Islands.
New manager Michael Skibbe has plenty of experience in his native Germany through the Bundesliga but this is his first role as manager of a national team and the rebuilding proces which faces him is a considerable.
The Dutch, meanwhile, are also in a transitionary phase although their recent friendly results have been good, downing England, Poland and Austria while drawing with the Republic of Ireland in the last five months.
Danny Blind's side are well fancied to continue their good run against their Hellenic opponents, with the Netherlands offered at 4/7 (1.57) by SkyBet for the win. Greece for their part can be backed at 11/2 (6.50) to record their third victory since Skibbe took over, while the draw is offered at 11/4 (3.75).
Much of the success that Greece enjoyed over the last decade was founded on defensive solidity but they are no longer a side that opponents struggle to break down. In their last eight matches they have kept just one clean sheet, which was unheard of during their heyday, particularly around the European Championship win of 2004.
However with the likes of Luxembourg and Montenegro finding the back of the net in recent matches against Greece, the Netherlands will fancy their chances of getting among the goals and their scoring record over the last year has been excellent.
They have scored two or more goals in seven of their last eight matches, and are offered at 4/5 (1.80) to do so once more here. Given their opponents' poor defensive record, the Netherlands should inspire a great deal of confidence in the final third.
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