Euro 2012: Day Nine Tips

Czech Republic v Poland, 19:45

The simple fact for both of these sides is that a win would almost certainly be enough to qualify, and we all know how simple it is to get a result under massive pressure. With that in mind you can expect the home crowd, which up until this point had been a massive advantage for the Poles could become more of a burden as the expectation starts to press down on the shoulders of the national team. If the Czech Republic do their jobs properly they will play on that and aim to make the Poles choke.

Poland have three injury issues manifest in the form of Damien Perquis, Dariusz Dudka and Eugen Polanski, and while none are ruled out they are still having treatment and being monitored in therms of their fitness. Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky is a slight doubt, but other than that they have no new concerns over the fitness of their squad. You can get 11/1 with Bet365 on a 2-1 Czech win, but this is the best chance Poland will have at a Euro quarter-final in a while, I reckon.


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Greece v Russia, 19:45

Even as the top team in the group Russia will still want to win this game, but I think they can afford to draw and still qualify. There is no particular reason why the team that has been so impressive up until this point should fall away dramatically, and they are not so far gone that the coach can rest his key men for future  battle so in theory Greece will struggle to get close to their opponents this evening. Some of the younger members of their squad could theoretically get a bit nervous, but having seen Dzagoev and co play with great aplomb against Real Madrid it seems unlikely they’ll be unduly nervous about facing the Greeks.

Greek keeper Kostas Chalkias is out after injuring his hamstring, so Michalis Sifakis replaces him betwixt the sticks. Unfortunate centre-back Avraam Papadopoulos is unlikely to play again this year, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos is available after suspension. Russia appear to have a fully-fit starting XI, but Advocaat may consider replacing the misfiring Aleksandr Kerzhakov with Roman Pavlyuchenko. Ladbrokes have 9/2 on a Russia win by a 2-goal margin, and the Greece squad will do very well to get a win here.

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