Co-hosts Poland will be looking for their first victory of the tournament on Tuesday evening when they take on a Russia side that impressed many in their opening game, and at 11/8 with Paddy Power, punters are piling in on Dick Advocaat’s side.
Poland were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw on Friday after an eventful game with Greece saw a player sent-off for either side. The home side did lead in the first-half, but were pegged back and then saw Greece miss a penalty.
In the end, they would have been happy with a point.
It was the first game of a much talked about tournament for them and now they need to go on and get three points. Then, qualification for the knock-out stages is looking promising.
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Poland did display the threat they possess in the opening game too. An excellent cross was headed home superbly by Robert Lewandowski and the striker is definitely one to watch this summer.
It wasn’t all about the Borussia Dortmund man either. They will of course rely on his goals against Russia on Tuesday, but Jakub Blaszczykowski wad a threat throughout too and Russia will have to be on their guard defensively.
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A big blow coming into this game however is the suspension of Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was sent off in their opening game. Przemyslaw Tyton will continue in between the posts after saving the subsequent Greek penalty, and he is sure to come under heavy fire from youngster Alan Dzagoev, who fired in a brace in the 4-1 walloping of the Czech Republic, together with Aleksandr Kerzhakov.
As for the Russians, they were extremely good in their opening game against Czech Republic. Dick Advocat’s men ran out 4-1 winners and had many talking about their chances of going all the way afterwards.
The guile of Shirokov and Arshavin in midfield means that the Russians will pose plenty of threat going forward, which could be too much for a Polish defence which came under extreme pressure from a ten man Greece side in the opener.
Going forward they were clinical and at the back they appeared relatively solid. In conditions that suit them, they appear to be a team to watch in this tournament.
More of the same on Tuesday it they could be one of the first teams to qualify for the knockout stages.
Poland will take the game to them though and come out of the blocks quickly, much like they did against Greece. This should make for an entertaining contest and it gets underway at 7.45pm on Tuesday evening.