Euro 2012, Group A, Wroclaw, Friday, 7.45pm
RUSSIA could be one of the dark horses of the tournament and I expect them to ride away with three points against the Czech Republic.
Dick Advocaat's side have a nice balance with star turns such as Andrei Arshavin, Alan Dzagoev and Aleksandr Kerzhakov.
The one concern is a perceived lack of goals but Kerzhakov could answer some questions up front after hitting 23 for Zenit last season.
Russia have been handed a favourable draw and are 7-5 with William Hill to top Group A.
I wasn't impressed with the dud Czechs side who limped through Scotland's qualifying group before a surprisingly easy play-off success against Montenegro.
Milan Baros is likely to lead the line on his own for the Czechs who will hope Thomas Rosicky can control the midfield. It's a tall order and I fancy the Russians who have kept six cleans in seven competitive games to blank the Czechs and make a perfect start.
Kerzhakov to score