Poland and Greece get Euro 2012 underway on Friday evening in what is sure to be an incredible atmosphere in Warsaw. In this first match, Poland are being offered at evens odds with Paddy Power to get off to the perfect start and take all three points, which to any punter, could be one of the best bets of the competition.
This will have been an event that everyone in Poland would have been looking too since it was announced they would co-host the tournament with Ukraine.
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Franciszek Smuda’s men have not played a competitive match since 2009 so may struggle to get out of the blocks, but once they do, there should really not be any slip ups.
Their preparation has been fantastic and even though it has been in friendly matches, they have created a winning a habit with five victories in six games. It has also been five encounters without conceding a goal.
The Poles will be ably led by Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski, who bagged 22 goals domestically on his way to Bundesliga Player of the Season honours, and with Ludovic Obraniak pulling the strings just in behind, this Polish side could really set tongues wagging with a comfortable victory.
Smuda will be hoping that his side can use their home surroundings to their advantage and look to make the ground an intimidating place for opponents to come.
As for Greece, they of course upset all of the odds and won the European Championships back in 2004. Although this is a different set of players from eight years ago, this current group can look to emulate those achievements.
Fernando Santos does not have many big names or star players at his disposal or a squad as strong as some of their opponents. However, he does have a side that will work their socks off and make themselves hard to beat.
In terms of their recent form, Greece have lost just one game in 21 matches. This run of results saw them finish ahead of Croatia in qualifying too, so they are not to be taken lightly.
Santos’ men look to be in great shape going into Euro 2012 and could be a surprise package. With how tight Group A looks to be though, a draw would probably keep them happy, but but Lewandowski and co may have other ideas.
You can back them at 7/2 to beat Poland.
It all gets underway from 5pm on Friday.