Greece will be looking to go one better than the opening game of the tournament on Tuesday evening when they take on Czech Republic in a crucial Group A contest, as Paddy Power announce free bets and make the Greeks long odds of 12/5 to secure their first win of the tournament.
The Greeks were held to a 1-1 draw by Poland in the opening game of the tournament, a result they would have been relatively disappointed with in the end.
After going down early on to the co-hosts, Greece fought back in the second-half before being presented with a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot. Captain Giorgos Karagounis fluffed his lines though and saw his effort saved, meaning the game ended in a draw.
Overall, this was a decent point for Greece and one they will hope to build on against Czech Republic. They had a solid look to them and with just about enough going forward to win games, they will be confident going into their second game of the tournament.
As for Czech Republic, well it couldn’t have gone much worse than it did in their opening contest of 2012. They were heavily beaten by an impressive Russia side and now have it all to do if they are to progress to the knockout stages.
In fact, this has to be seen as a must win for them if they are to have any chance. With a game against co-hosts Poland to come after this one, three points has to be the aim on Tuesday evening.
To help this happen, it seems likely that a change or two will be made. Can the players that were disappointing in the first game raise their game enough? Perhaps, but a fresh face or two seems likely to try and improve things for Czech Republic.
Their desire for victory could make this a fascinating contest too. Teams are often slightly reserved in the opening game of the tournament, but in the second – especially after a defeat – there is a need to go for broke at some stage.
Overall, despite the heavy loss Czech Republic suffered in the opening game, this should be a tight game between two teams looking for their first victory of the tournament.