Greece v Russia, Warsaw, Saturday 7.45pm, live on BBC3
Czech Rep v Poland, Wroclaw, Saturday, 7.45pm, live on BBC1
GROUP A has been more exciting than predicted but as predicted it looks like Russia and Poland to progress.
They’ve been the two best teams on a consistent basis – with the Czech Republic and Greece having their moments.
I reckon Russia will produce some of the opening-game thrills that blew away the Czechs in their final outing with Greece.
And I’m taking co-hosts Poland to spark a party by taking care of the Czechs. So let’s start with Dick Advocaat’s Russia who are a biggest 3-4 with BetVictor to grind down Greece.
The Greeks have been pretty much as we expected – including the under-performing Georgios Samaras – and their one point came after a spirited comeback in the tournament opener against Poland.
However, two goals conceded in the opening six minutes against the Czechs could ultimately sent home.
They couldn’t handle a pretty ordinary attack so will find it tough against the likes of Alexandr Kerzakhov, Roman Pavyluchenko, Alan Dzagoev and Andriy Arshavin.
Greece have conceded all of their goals in the first 17 minutes so look at the opener being scored in first 27 minutes, 17-20 with William Hill.
Poland are 5-4 with Paddy Power and others to seal their spot with a win against the Czechs. We knew the Czechs were poor from qualifying and it jars a bit when you see them in the finals at Scotland’s expense. Poland have won their last six home matches against the Czechs and this can be No.7.
Although when you witness the Irish conceding seven goals in two games you’d have to fear for our boys. While the Czechs lack a top-class striker Poland have one and I’ll be one Robert Lewandowski to score first at 6-1 with unibet.
The Borussia Dortmund striker did the business in the opener against Greece and looked sharp against better opponents in Russia.
(6-1, Coral, Ladbrokes)
Russia/Poland Group A dual forecast
(5-4, Paddy Power)
Lewandowski to score first