Poland will be aiming for three crucial points on Tuesday evening as they look to reach the knockout stages of Euro 2012 against the odds as they face Russia, who according to Bet365 are attracting all the money
With Russia – who dispatched of Czech Republic in their opening game – the opponents, it will be far from easy for the co-hosts, but they still have the support of a passionate nation and will be looking to turn on the style.
In terms of their tactics for Tuesday night’s contest, they will be keen to start as well as they did against Greece in the opening game. Robert Lewandowski handed them a 1-0 lead in the first-half and even though they ended up drawing 1-1, it was a positive sign for their prospects in this tournament.
They need more than potential to get points though and it is important Poland remain focused for 90 minutes. They have already proven that they can be a threat up front, now it is about seeing games out and getting three crucial points.
As mentioned though, with Russia in town it is going to be far from easy for the co-hosts. Dick Advocaat’s men were very impressive in their 4-1 victory over Czech Republic on Friday evening.
In fact, if people didn’t think it before, they certainly do now – Russia are genuine contenders this summer. They were clinical in attack and solid in defence, playing some decent football in the progress. Not many teams will be looking forward to playing them, that’s for sure.
After drawing an extremely eventful opening game of the tournament with Greece Poland will be looking for a positive result, and with Russia in extremely confident mood after the first game, this should be an entertaining watch for the neutral.
For the co-hosts, it could be a very nervous 90 minutes with the pressure on.