When Greece were victorious in Euro 2004, they relished the underdog tag in every single game. They were written off time and time again, but managed to go all the way against the odds, and at a price of 12/5 to win today with Paddy Power, once again look a cracking bet.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Czech Republic though, some are backing Greece to get three crucial points to aid their bid to qualify from a competitive Group A.
In the opening game of the tournament, Greece were held 1-1 by co-hosts Poland, but it was an excellent match that they played their part in. Had it not been for a penalty miss, they could have come away with all three points.
- BEST BET : Get on Greece to win at a value looking price of 12/5 with Paddy Power – They showed they were underestimated by many in the opening game, and the Czech’s looked abysmal in their thrashing by Russia.
Their second-half performance deserves plenty of credit to. Trailing 1-0 and down to ten men, it seemed as though the writing was on the wall for them.
Instead though, against the odds, they fought back. More of the same fighting spirit is now required to progress past a Czech Republic side that are fighting for their Euro 2012 lives.
After losing their opening match 4-1 to Russia, Czech Republic cannot afford another defeat. This is a game they really need to win if they are to make it to the knockout stages.
This means that they simply must improve on their performance from the defeat to the Russians, especially defensively. They were carved open far too easily and it is no surprise to see another 4-1 defeat for them available as short as 50/1.
As for who is favourites to take the three points in this one, Czech Republic are 13/10, while Greece are 23/10.
However, after the respective first games, there is likely to be much backing for the latter.
After all, as the European Championships have proved in the past, you can never write off Greece. They will be confident of defeating a Czech Republic side that looked extremely vulnerable in the first game.