Euro 2012 Group A Betting Odds

The 2012 European Championships get underway on June 8th as the the excitement is building for what is set to be a fascinating tournament in Poland and Ukraine, as we bring you all the latest Group A betting odds from Group A. Can Russia cause a shock at this year’s tournament?

Taking a look at Group A, it looks on paper to be the toughest to predict with no teams that are considered big favourites to win the competition.

Russia will be the side that most people are tipping to win the group, especially after they managed to get to the semi-final of Euro 2008.

Latest betting odds sees Russia as the overall favorites, at a best price with Paddy Power.

  • Russia 6/4 with Paddy Power
  • Poland 11/4 with Bet365
  • Czech Republic 9/2 with William Hill
  • Greece 9/2 with Paddy Power

After a qualifying campaign that saw them lose just one game they certainly go into this competition in good shape and could be the surprise package to all the way. Manager Dick Advocaat has a wealth of European international experience, and has signified their attacking intent by making Andrey Arshavin his captain for the tournament.

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The ex Arsenal midfielder should create from midfield, and with the likes of Fulham’s Pavel Pogrebnyak and Roman Pavlyuchenko up front their frontline should be more than a match for any side. With the marauding Yuri Zhirkov down the flanks,  they could be worth a bet at 6/4 with Paddy Power.

Looking at co-hosts Poland next, they are sure to be a tough opposition to face and their fans will make an incredible atmosphere that could intimidate teams.

Led by 63 yr old manager Franciszek Smuda, they will be looking to home support to push them through, and at 11/4 with Bet365 could be worth a punt.

With Robert Lewandowski leading the line, Poland certainly have a serious goal threat and someone of on top of their game. However, playing nothing but friendly matches since 2009 could be a disadvantage for the team as they have not really ever been under pressure to get results. They do of course, have Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczęsny between the posts, a keeper who has impressed on the domestic front these recent months.

As for Czech Republic, not too many people are talking about them going far this summer, something which could play into their favour. With Petr Cech between the posts they certainly have one of the world’s best goalkeepers who is extremely reliable.

Finally looking at Greece, a side with no real big names but full of players that work hard and are desperate for success. They won their qualifying group so are by no means there to make up the numbers. Greece upset all the odds when they won the tournament in 2004 of course.

Despite there now being a new generation of players from eight years ago, it is something they can use as motivation.

This does look to be a group that any side is capable of winning which could make it one of the most exciting out of the four.

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