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Rupert Wyman 6th Jun 2012 - 14:44

Group A: Poland v Greece preview

The opening fixture of Euro 2012 features Poland, they co-host the event with Ukraine. They take on Greece, the surprise champions on their debut in the competition in 2004.

The two teams have not met in a competitive international for more than twenty-five years and the ninety minute result looks tough to call.

Greece have not beaten Poland in five meetings but they were all friendlies. Poland are 19/20 to win in ninety minutes, the draw is 21/10 and the win for Greece is 10/3.

Greece surprised everyone in 2004 and it was one of the biggest upsets in football history.

It all started with an opening day win against the then hosts Portugal, there is no reason why they cannot get the better of Poland.

The Poles have the stress of the home fans expecting three points, Greece are under no-pressure to qualify from the group. Football is just a brief distraction for the natives struggling to cope in the Euro crisis.

Greece's defence is their form of attack, all eleven players will sit back and they will attack on the break. They know they are not good enough to beat teams by playing attractive football.

If you fancy the Greeks to upset the Poles, they are 2/1 draw no bet and Greece or the draw is 4/5.

The Greeks went seventeen games without a loss before a 3-1 home defeat to Romania in a November friendly. They may have not won for four games but their style of play has not changed, they will attack on the break.

Greece look a big price at 23/10 to keep a clean sheet, the 0-0 is only 6/1. They have been boosted by the news that the Olympiakos defender Vasilis Torosidis looks set to be fit for the match.

Poland haven't conceded a goal in 2012 and they are 19/20 to keep a clean sheet.

The Blue and Whites will need to keep the Polish striker Lewandowski quiet. He comes into the match with thirty goals in all competitions this season. He is in cracking form and he is 4/1 to open the scoring. He plays for Borussia Dortmund, so he will not be intimidated by playing at this level.

The star man for Greece could be Ioannis Fetfatzidis, the 21-year-old Olympiakos forward is known as the Greek Messi, he is obviously not as good as the little Argentinean wizard but he is skilful and he has an eye for goal.

He is the player that Greece have been missing over the years, he is 16/1 to score the last goal and 6/1 anytime scorer.



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