Poland vs. Greece

The 2012 European Championships begin in Warsaw this Friday as co-hosts Greece entertain 2004 winners Greece.

Poland go into this game on a fantastic run of form, with five wins and a draw in their last six games. Even more impressively, they have haven’t conceded in over 450 minutes of international football. They also managed a clean sheet in their last meeting with Greece, in a friendly 15 months ago.

However, their 4-0 demolition of Andorra in their final warm up game was the first time they have scored more than one goal in a game since their 2-1 victory over Hungary back in November.

Their main goal threat is striker Robert Lewandowski, who managed thirty goals for German double winners Borussia Dortmund last season, with team mates and fellow countrymen Jakub Błaszczykowski and defender Łukasz Piszczek also playing a big part.

Lewandowski is favourite to get the first goal here, at 6.0 (5/1) with Bet Victor, whilst you can get odds of 21.0 (20/1) for him to finish the tournament as top scorer. Poland are favourites to pick up three points here, with Bet Victor offering a price of 2.05 (21/10). Greece are 3.3 (23/10), with the draw at 4.5 (7/2).

Greece are a slightly different proposition that the side who surprised everybody back in 2004, though they were unbeaten in qualifying. They too have been rather shy in front of goal in recent games, managing just one in each of their last five outings. With these stats in mind, it is perhaps no surprise that the second favourite in the first goal scorer market is no scorer at 7.0 (6/1).

However, with the inevitable lift given by their home support, you might be tempted to back a convincing victory for the co-hosts. Bwin offer 11/5 for Poland to win with 3 or more goals in the game, a result that would give them a great opportunity to progress to the quarter finals.

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