Having forged a reputation as grind-out merchants ever since their famous back-to-the-walls Euros triumph, Greece have done little to alter that tag over the ensuing decade.
While there is something to be admired about defensive resoluteness, when it deserts you, there has to be a plan B in place; namely to score some goals at the other end.
But as we found out during Greece’s damaging 3-0 defeat to Group C favourites Colombia in their World Cup curtain-raiser, they carry about as much threat going forward as a mouse does to an Alsatian.
Japan are up next and having let a 1-0 lead against Ivory Coast evaporate to lose 2-1, the Samurai Blues are in for further frustration in Natal.
A 0-0 result for this 11.00pm showing should have bwin customers purring at odds of 7/1, especially with the added bonus of catching some z’s rather than having to watch it.
After letting Colombia slice through them too easily in their opener, expect Greece to recoil into the side which recorded stalemates against Portugal and Nigeria in pre-tournament friendlies.
Japan certainly carry more attacking menace than their opponents, with the likes of Manchester United schemer Shinji Kagawa and AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda roaming free behind number nine Shinji Okazaki.
However, this is an ironclad Greek side which only conceded four times in ten qualifying appointments in the build up to Brazil.
Meanwhile, Greek boss Fernando Santos is rumoured to be turning to Fulham flop Kostas Mitroglou to lead the line after registering only two shots on target against the Colombians.
Add to this shakedown that Japan drew blanks in two of their last three friendlies against European adversaries and the evidence for the third goalless stinker of the World Cup grows too
strong to ignore.