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With the opening round coming to a climax, Group A is still finely poised. Al Hain-Cole expects Russia and Poland's superior options up front to fire them into the next round

As the opening stages come to a close, Group A sees a clash between two teams with very different reputations when it comes to attacking football.

Russia have charmed the neutrals with their free-flowing and high-scoring style, as personified by leading scorer Alan Dzagoev.

The CSKA Moscow youngster has already hit the back of the net three times so far to make him equal top scorer in Euro 2012, but is still available at a very tempting 21/10 (3.10) with Paddy Power to score at anytime this afternoon. A price that should be snapped up by the eagle eyed punter.

The Greeks, on the other hand, are more known for their defensive prowess, with their shock Euro 2004 triumph still fresh in the memory.

However, Fernando Santos’s side need a win to have any chance of progressing, so they will be hoping that Theofanis Gekas can bring some firepower this afternoon.

The Samsunspor striker is a real goal-poacher, as he showed in pouncing on Petr Cech’s fumble to score in the last game, and with 22 goals in 60 appearances for Greece he seems like his nation’s best bet at 7/2 (4.50) to bag a goal tonight.
 
Co-hosts Poland will also require all three points if they are to make it out of a tight group, and in Robert Lewandowski they have the ideal match-winner.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has really caught the eye recently, and with five goals in his last nine international starts he must be favourite to get on the Polish score-sheet tonight at 6/4 (2.50). A price that offers some significant value.

The Czechs would give their right arm for such a prolific striker, as Euro 2004 Golden Boot winner Milan Baros has struggled for goals recently.

Michal Bilek can no longer rely on a striker who scored only one goal in qualifying, and must be grateful that winger Vaclav Pilar has found his goal-scoring touch recently.

Wolfsburg’s new signing has struck in each of the last two games, and is available at 9/2 (5.50) come up with the goods again this time.

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Lewandowski to score anytime at 6/4 (2.50) with Paddy Power
Dzagoev to score anytime at 21/10 (3.50) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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