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Rupert Wyman 16th Jun 2012 - 10:49

Group A Deciders

The Czechs are a point behind Group A leaders Russia as they tackle the co-hosts Poland. The Czech Republic are 23/10 to win the clash, the draw is 9/4 and a Poland win is 5/4. The Poles will be buoyed on by home support and they will fancy their chances of winning the clash.

The co-hosts managed a 1-1 draw against a strong Russia side and they have a solid defence. They will hit the Czech team on the counter attack.  They were very impressive in the second half against Russia.

The bet could be both teams to score at 8/11! However, the Czechs are sweating over the fitness of their captain and playmaker Tomas Rosicky. His creativity and skills provide the ammunition for the goals, the problem is that Milan Baros (13/2, first goalscorer) is not the player he was ten years ago.

With Rosicky out, they may struggle in-front of goal, under 2.5 goals is 8/11 and over 2.5 goals is even money. Poland are 9/5 to keep a clean sheet.

The Czechs have struggled in recent matches against the Poles, losing to their central European neighbours in three of their past four meetings. If you fancy a shock, you can get Czech Republic or the draw at 8/13 or back them draw no bet at 13/10.

For a goal-scorer bet, Robert Lewandowski is 4/1 to open the scoring. He found it tough against the Russia defence and he played as Poland's lone striker. He plays for Borussia Dortmund and he has been linked with a move to Chelsea.

Three points, regardless of the margin would still see Greece qualify if the Czech Republic and Poland draw. They are the minnows in the group, yet they are the 2004 European Champions. Russia only need a draw to seal progression from the Euro 2012 group stages, they are now unbeaten in sixteen matches.

Greece are 4/1 to win the match, the draw is 5/2 and Russia is 8/11. If you fancy backing Greece, they are 12/5 draw no bet and Greece or the draw is even money.

Dick Advocaat's side have been one of the most impressive at the tournament. They put four goals past Czech Republic and he is likely to give the nod to Roman Pavlyuchenko in attack.

The former Tottenham star has proved that when he is up for a match, he can still cut it at the highest level, he is 5/4 to score anytime and 5/1 first goalscorer.

He has scored twenty-one goals in forty-nine matches for Russia, including one against the Czech Republic.

With Greece needing to win, they will have to attack this flamboyant Russia side. Over 2.5 goals looks decent value at even money and you can back both teams to score at 10/11.

Greece will try and score an early goal, it could pay to back Russia to come from behind and win or draw at 19/5.

 

 

 

 
 
 

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