Arguably the most impressive side in the first round of games in Euro 2012 were Russia. The way in which they tore through an, admittedly, weak Czech Republic side last week was very impressive and many people are expecting the same outcome here against Poland.
They have been backed for this game ever since the final whistle blew in their 4-1 win and are now no bigger than a 11/8 (Bet365) to secure their place in the knock-out stages with a win over a brittle looking Poland side.
Dick Advocaat’s men were incredibly creative in the final third against the Czechs, and are now unbeaten in 15 games, but were rarely threatened defensively by a flaccid attack.
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Poland are expected to ask more questions of the Russian defence in this game and for 45 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Greece looked a side who certainly have the ability to make the latter stages of the tournament.
However, they let Greece back into the game and could easily have lost their opening game had Giorgos Karagounis converted his penalty spot kick after Wojciech Szczesny was sent off.
If they can sustain their enthusiastic style for the entire 90 minutes then the 11/5 on offer with Bet365 could be worth taking on a Poland win. The draw, which also looks a runner, is available at 11/5 (William Hill).
Robert Lewandowski has been all the rage pre-tournament regarding his chances of winning the Golden Boot and got off to the perfect start by notching Poland’s opener against Greece. He looks the most likely to trouble the Poles from the front and can be backed to score first at 6/1 with William Hill.
Alexsander Kerzhakov will probably lead the line for Russia but he was out of touch in the opening game; having seven shots, which were all off target.
He is available to back at 6/1 (Bet365) to notch first but punters are looking elsewhere in this market with current top-scorer in the tournament Alan Dzagoev, who looks a good shout to add to his two goals around the 7/1 mark.