Franciszek Smuda's side are still looking for their first victory of Euro 2012, but Willie Duncan is backing them to claim all three points - and a last-eight place - on SaturdayDespite being held to successive 1-1 draws against Greece and Russia respectively, Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland go into Saturday's crunch clash with Czech Republic knowing that victory will be enough to ensure that they will take their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Franciszek Smuda’s side go into the match as favourites, with Paddy Power making them a 13/10 (2.30) shot to bag a priceless victory in front of their home supporters against the Czech Republic, who currently occupy the second qualification spot in Group A.
The Czechs are chalked up at 23/10 (3.30) with Paddy Power to disappoint the hosts by claiming a second successive win. The same firm go 9/4 (3.25) for the draw, which is likely to be enough for them to qualify if the other result in this group goes their way.
Czech Republic's campaign looked to be in turmoil after they were torn apart in a crushing 4-1 defeat to Russia in their opening game but two goals in the opening six minutes of their clash with Greece helped Michal Bilek's side to a crucial 2-1 win to put them in pole position for qualification ahead of Saturday's clash.
Poland, however, will be roared on by a partisan home crowd and have, in spells, shown sufficient quality to suggest that they can defeat the Czechs here.
Star man Robert Lewandowski, who bagged the opener against Greece, is priced up at a juicy 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power to set the ball rolling for his nation with the opening goal on Saturday while Jakub Blaszczykowski, who scored Poland's stunning equaliser against Russia in midweek, is an 11/1 (12.0) chance with Paddy Power to score first.
The Czech attack will be led by veteran striker Milan Baros and he can be backed at Paddy Power's 8/1 (9.0) quote to score first while Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky is a chunky 16/1 (17.0) with the same firm to break the deadlock on Saturday although question marks remain over his fitness after picking up a knock against Greece.
Poland are likely to come out of the blocks quickly and should be backed at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power to draw first blood while the even money (2.00) quote from Paddy Power for the first goal to come inside the opening 29 minutes is worthy of support.
However, simplicity often serves the punter best and the 13/10 (2.30) for Poland to win against distinctly average opposition simply must not be overlooked here and that man Lewandowski can fire them to glory once more.
Paddy Power have another special offer available on this game. If Lewandowski scores anytime, they will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the match.
|Poland to win at 13/10 (2.30) with Paddy Power
||Robert Lewandowski to score first at 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power
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