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  • on 12.06.2012
  • at 11:53 AM
  • by KT

Russia 6/4 to spoil Poles’ party | Poland v Russia Preview

Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland will play Russia tonight in what is sure to be a feisty affair, given the history between these two countries.

Poland got off to a flyer against Greece in the opening match of the tournament, only to be pegged back and were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw after Wojciech Scezney was sent off. The Arsenal ‘keeper will have to watch from the stands tonight as he serves his one-match ban.

Robert Lewandowski looks the star of the Polish team (tipped up at 5/1 to score first against Greece on the blog last week) and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his name on the scoresheet again tonight. He is 6/1 to break the deadlock according to Bet365 and odds of 2/1 to net anytime.

However the Poles have a poor record against the Russians, winning just one of their last six competitive games against tonight’s opponents, hence why Russia are 6/4* favourites with Bet365.

*Edit – the 6/4 was available at the time of posting but this has now been snapped up – best price now 7/5 with Paddy Power and Bet 365.

There has however been money for Poland this morning, seeing them backed in from 5/2 to 2/1 with many bookmakers.

That said, Russia were very impressive in their opening Euro 2012 fixture, seeing off the Czech Republic in an emphatic 4-1 victory and they are unbeaten in 15 games, which makes the 6/4 look like decent value.

Alan Dzagoev scored twice in that game (also tipped up on the site to score anytime at 7/2) and he is just 3/1 (Sporting Bet) to score against the Poles tonight and as short as 2/1 in some places.

Following his brace , his odds to be top tournament goalscorer were slashed from a pre-tournament price of 100/1 to just 12/1 with Paddy Power.

Both sides have quality going forward but its fair to say they are not the best at the back and the over 2.5 goals is suprisingly available to back at 13/10 with Stan James; and prices like that are to be taken when on offer!

Poland v Russia Tips

Russia to win – 6/4 (Bet365)
Over 2.5 Goals – 13/10 (Stan James)
Russia 2-1 – 9/1 (Paddy Power)


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