Russia will be looking to book their place in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Saturday evening when they take on a Greece side aiming for their first win, as punters pile into Paddy Power‘s price of 6/1 for Alan Dzagoev to find the net as first goalscorer.
The Russians currently top Group A with four points from their two games and if they avoid defeat in this one, they will be in the last eight.
There is no doubt that the pressure is on Dick Advocaat’s men though and they would have loved to already be in the knockout stages. They were pegged back against Poland last time out though – drawing the game 1-1 – and they still have work to do.
- BEST BET : Russia should be too strong for Greece, who are looking well short at the back. Get on Alan Dzagoev at 6/1 with Paddy Power to find the net first – the young Russian won’t be that big a price in their next game.
Recent performances suggest they should have enough to come through Saturday’s match with Greece though. In the first game, they wiped the floor with Czech Republic, while the point against Poland was respectable enough.
As well as being an excellent team unit, Russia have some stars in their team too. Alan Dzagoev has three goals to his name already, while former Arsenal man Andrey Arshavin seems to be in fantastic form for them.
With regards to Greece, only a win will do for them and it is not one many expect them to get. So far they have a solitary point to their name – achieved against Poland in the opening game of the tournament – and they need to raise their game on Saturday.
There is certainly no way they can afford to start like they did against Czech Republic. They were two goals down after no time at all and an impressive Russia side is likely to punish such poor defence and organisation even more.
Overall, this 7.45pm kick-off on Saturday is expected to go the way of Russia – who are 3/4 to win the game – although with nothing to lose, Greece will give it a go. For one of the biggest shocks so far, you can back a Greece win at 4/1.
Don’t take your eyes off this one.