Franciszek Smuda is fully aware of the attacking threat of Russia as his side host the group leaders needing a win to keep alive their Euro 2012 hopesFranciszek Smuda has fielded a more defensive set-up for their second Group A match against Russia, with Dariusz Dudka preferred to Maciej Rybus. Dick Advocaat's side, meanwhile, remains unchanged following their emphatic 4-1 victory over Czech Republic.
As expected, Przemyslaw Tyton deputises in place of the suspended Wojciech Szczesny, after the Arsenal stopper was sent off in the opening game of Euro 2012. Tyton's first duty against Greece was to save Giorgos Karangounis' spot-kick earning his side a vital point and the PSV man has been given the nod against Russia.
And after witnessing Russia dismantle Czech Republic in their first game Smuda has called upon the more defensive Dariusz Dudka in place of wide player Maciej Rybus. The change in personnel is expected to see Ludovic Obraniak push further up the field with Dudka slipping into a three man midfield alongside Eugen Polanski and Rafael Murawski.
Dick Advocaat, meanwhile, has no selection dilemmas as the Russia coach has kept faith with the same side that destroyed Czech Republic 4-1 in match day one, meaning that Aleksandr Kerzakhov retains his place despite missing a number of chances in the opening fixture. A victory for Russia against the tournament co-hosts will secure a quarter-final birth for the second consecutive European championships.
Poland (4-3-3): Tyton; Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch; Murawski, Polanski, Dudka; Blaszczykowski, Lewandowski, Obraniak.
Substitutes: Sandomierski, Wojkowiak, Kaminski, Wawrzyniak, Rybus, Matuszczyk, Mierzejewski, Wolski, Grosicki, Sobiech, Brozek.
Russia (4-3-3): Malafeev; Anyukov, Ignashevich, Berezutski, Zhirkov; Shirokov, Denisov, Zyranov; Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin.
Substitutes: Akinfeev, Shunin, Sharonov, Granat, Nababkin, Izmailov, Kombarov, Kokorin.