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Czech-mate! Punters rush to back them to beat Russia

by Josh Powell | June 8, 2012

Euro 2012 is here and after an opening ceremony that is traditionally camper than Dale Winton, Poland kick-off against Greece.

If we’re honest Emile Heskey has more chance of winning the Ballon D’or than Greece do of reliving their 2004 success but Athens-born Georgia Salpa is a good enough reason to cheer them on.

UP THE GREEKS: We can think of two reasons to support Greece (picture Irish Daily Star)

Greece may have been unbeaten in qualifying but goals were few and far between, to the point where Stewart Downing would look prolific in that side.

After Paul the octopus shot to fame in the 2010 World Cup all the mystic animals are jumping on the bandwagon. Citta the elephant clearly thinks home advantage could swing it for the Poles and there has been a significant amount of money for them to start the tournament with a win.

They’re now 11/10 with Paddy Power to delight the fans in Warsaw and goal-machine Robert Lewandowski is very popular with punters to be the first man to find the onion bag at 9/2.

In the other game in the group Czech Republic have seen some massive support to beat Russia this evening .

Russia are being tipped up as a potential dark horse after impressing in qualifying and haven’t been beaten since February 2011.

But in Milan Baros Czech Republic have arguably the biggest threat to European defences since North Korea went mad.

The Czech’s are now 12/5 to beat Russia from 3/1 and Baros has seen some interest to find the net first at 8/1.

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