The second round of group stage matches opens up today, and co-host Poland will need to deliver a big time performance if it is to beat Russia and advance to the knockout phase.With the testy history between Poland and Russia, expect a dynamic, high-flying affair that should produce some goals.
The Poles looked very strong in the first half of their opening match against Greece but completely lost their composure and momentum and were very fortunate to have escaped with a point, thanks to the penalty stop by second string keeper Przemyslaw Tyton. The 25-year-old PSV netminder will also start this match and, despite concerns from some pundits, has the experience to handle this pressure.
In order for Poland to defeat the in-form Russians, Robert Lewandowski needs to continue where he left he left last match in which he scored a great header. If he and Łukasz Piszczek get going, then we may be in for a very entertaining match.
Poland is currently paying 3.25 to win the match outright.
The draw is also paying out the same and does look appealing given the stakes and quality of both squads.
After coming into the tournament slated at 21-1 to win it, Russia has had its odds slashed down to 12-1 and put on the most prolific offensive performance of any of the 16 teams in its first game with a 4-1 dismantling of the Czechs.
Naturally, the visiting side is favoured with a payout of 2.25.
101-1 pre-tournament golden boot odds for Alan Dzagoev looks mighty sweet so far after he netted a brace in the opener, and though he will be looking to add to that tally, Russia have quite a few different attackers that can crack one which is why the over 2.0/2.5 at 1.94 seems to be a solid bet. Though if you think either two or three goals will be scored in total, you can look at the Goal Crazy bet which is a better value and pays 1.95 should either tally emerge.
With both teams having scored in the first 20 minutes of their respective opening matches, something to consider would be which team is leading after 30 minutes, which sees Poland at 5.00 while Russia is at 3.75. Be warned though, these bets will get your heart racing right from the get go.
Do you think both teams will score in the match? Well if they do the offering is set at 1.83 and if they don’t it is the same rate.
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