By Sean Goff
Group A betting preview: Greece v Russia, Saturday 7.45pm, (ITV1 and RTE2)
Greece desperately need a win to stay in the competition but their chances of doing so are tanking quicker than their economy. Russia have quarter-final spot written all over them which won’t please the shirt sponsor.
Russia were impressive against the Czech Republic when winning 4-1 and were in control against Poland before letting them back in to draw 1-1. Greece, the 2004 European Champions, haven’t found their stride quick enough and were beaten 2-1 by the Czechs. It mightn’t please the local Polish constabularly but Russia to guarantee their quarter-final place here with a win looks the most likely outcome.
A correct score stab in the dark
An injury-ravaged Greek squad has conceded three goals in two games while Dick Advocaat’s side have looked industrious and dangerous in attack. Even with Arshavan. If they get their freak on a 3-1 scoreline can prove lucky for some at 13/1 or to win by exactly two goals is 4/1. A goalscorer bet to look out for Alan Dzagoev (21) is barely old enough to be thrown into a labour camp but is the youngest goalscorer at Euro 2012 so far.
He’s picked up a yellow card and mighn’t be risked so former Spurs hitman Roman Pavlyuchenko may get the nod at 11/2 to score first and add to his goal against the Czech Republic.