The Spoiler’s Greece v Czech Rep and Poland v Russia fancies
Predicting more Group A goals and Greece stereotype shredding
Greece v Czech Republic
Jonathan Wilson, a man who knows far more than The Spoiler about Czech football and, well, most things, still fancies the Czech Republic to qualify and deemed the Russia result a tad misleading, but we’re going to shun his superior wisdom and side with Greece.
Their initial opponents Poland may well have been weaker than Russia, but everything about their respective build-up to the tournament points us in Greece’s direction too.
They were better in qualifying, going unbeaten in a group that though short of top quality packed in plenty of meaty away challenges while the Czechs staggered their way past Scotland into the play-offs.
Recent friendly results also point to Greece being more hard to beat than the only Hard-Fi song most people remember, whereas the Czech’s rep was wounded with a home defeat to Hungary right before travelling.
The Spoiler says: Get your Greek on by backing them at 5/2
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Poland v Russia
Someone at Spoiler HQ came up with the inspired “group of death by boredom” tag for Group A, but on the evidence of the first set of games, this quartet will defy all preconceptions about this being an under 2.5 goals-backers vision of the place Coldplay stutteringly call para…para…paradise.
It has been the most productive of all so far, with seven goals and not a clean sheet in sight, whereas the supposed thrill-a-second cocktail of Germany, Holland, Portugal and Denmark has squeezed out just two goals.
With Poland turning to their second-choice keeper – who admittedly was a bit of a hero last time out – against the most prolific performers so far – and the hosts scoring in their last four games, both teams to score is too tasty for us to turn down at a slither under evens.
The Spoiler says: Goal for Poland, a goal for all of Eastern Europe at 20/21
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