The second game of Euro 2012 takes place on Friday evening as Russia take on Czech Republic in what is sure to be an enthralling encounter, with Paddy Power making Dick Advocaat’s side a very backable odds against price of 11/10 to take all three points.
Russia will be hopeful of their chances of going all the way in the tournament, especially as they made the semi-finals in 2008, and this side could well surprise a few people coming into the Euros.
- Best Bet : Get on the Russians at 11/10 with Paddy Power, who will offer free bets worth £250 to spend on the game. Always unfancied, they have too much going forward in Arshavin, Dzagoyev and Pavlyuchenko, and should beat a unconvincing Czech outfit.
Dick Advocaat’s men are also in a great run of form at the moment and they were convincing 3-0 winners away from home against European giants and fellow Euro 2012 opponents Italy. They are also unbeaten in 14 matches.
Led at the back by the powerful CSKA defender Sergei Ignashevich, the young exciting talent of Alan Dzagoyev in midfield, and Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko providing the attacking impetus, this Russian side looks a tough nut to crack.
Advocaat will know that his side are the favourites to win Group A so they will have to cope with the pressure and expectations that their fans have on the team. They are 11/10 to take all three points from this match which does look a cracking bet.
Russia will find the atmosphere and conditions in Poland and Ukraine similar to where they play their home matches too, so they could be well suited to go far in Euro 2012.
As for Czech Republic, they are a side that are not being spoken about too much ahead of the tournament, which they could relish as the pressure is somewhat off.
Michel Bilek’s men suffered a 2-1 defeat on home solid to Hungary in their final game before the competition so their confidence and momentum both took a bit of a blow.
However, before that they had gone unbeaten in five encounters so will be looking to return to similar form on Friday evening. You can back them at 14/5 to win the match against Russia.
With the likes of Petr Cech, Milan Baros and Thomas Rosicky, Czech Republic have players with the experience of playing at the highest level that will not be overwhelmed by the big occasion.
Baros has also scored two goals in three matches.
This game gets underway from 7.45pm on Friday.