Poland vs. Greece Euro Cup 2012 Betting Picks + Odds
Co-hosts Poland is a side that have played very well as of late, and given that they are one of the host nations, this could be a very special tournament for them, as they open the 2012 UEFA 2012 European Championships on Friday against Greece in Warsaw.
This side has actually yet to lose in the year 2012, and while there most recent tune ups have not been against the best competition, it’s still quite a marked improvement for the The White Eagles.
When: Friday, 12:00 PM EST
Where: National Stadium
Line: Poland (Even), Greece +0.5 (+300), Draw (+220)
Poland have managed wins against Latvia, Slovakia, and Andorra over the last couple of weeks. Their other two matches on the season came against Portugal and Bosnia. They played to a nil-nil draw against Portugal, and they beat the Bosnians by a score of 1-nil.
All of these matches did take place at home, but that is kind of a non issue considering all of the Euro 2012 matches will be in their backyard.
Meanwhile, he Greeks have also undefeated in 2012, but in that span they have just one win against a very inferior Armenia side. They drew each of their other two matches in 1-1 fashion against Belgium and Slovenia.
Players to Watch:
Poland – Wojciech Szczesny
Poland and Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper. He has come on strong lately and is probably the main reason Poland’s backline has shored up as quickly as it has. While the attacking unit has been unit has been scoring frequently, they are not playing Andorra anymore. They need Wojciech at his best if they are to get out of the group stage.
Greece – Theofanis Gekas
The Greeks have trouble scoring from time to time. If they are to do so on Friday, this is the man most likely to cap it off. This is a guy that has always been good in the qualifying stage, but then has not been able to deliver on the grand stage. As he is aging, he will not want to let his country down again in its time of need.
Matt’s Free Pick–Poland–I have to go with Poland here. With the margin only half a goal and the opening match of the tournament typically being a wary affair as sides size each other up, Poland’s defense and Greeks inability to consistently put the ball in the net, sets up a nil-nil draw here.