Russia were hugely impressive in their opening-day 4-1 win against the Czech Republic, with the understanding of their attacking players a particular highlight.
With less time to work on ideas on the training ground, many coaches choose to focus on defensive matters and simply hope for the best when it comes to attacking interplay.
But with five of Russia’s front six currently playing for Zenit St Petersburg, Dick Advocaat’s team showcased some impressive movement and could have had more but for Aleksandr Kerzhakov’s wastefulness.
Poland have been good defensively – conceding just once so far in the whole of 2012 – but the manner in which Greece breached their back line on Friday suggests there are goals in this for Russia.
At the other end, Robert Lewandowski will fancy his chances against a less than convincing Russia defence and can expect more support after the cautiousness of the opening round of games.
Back over 2.5 goals between Poland and Russia at 6/5 (2.2) with William Hill.
Greece are the bookies' underdogs for the Group A clash with the Czech Republic, and that seems a little harsh in this one.
Nothing in qualifying suggests that Michal Bilek’s men deserve their favourites tag for this game.
While the Czechs stumbled to second in their group ahead of Scotland in the qualifiers, the Greeks went through qualifying unbeaten and topped their section ahead of Croatia.
Bilek’s side also achieved that rare feat of being flattered by conceding only four on the opening day and while Greece perhaps do not possess the firepower to do that they will expect to nick a goal here.
Dimitris Salpingidis, who excelled as a substitute against Poland, and teenage talent Kostas Fortounis, who also made an impact on Friday, will expect to see more action here.
That could breathe a little more urgency into Greece’s attacks and any kind of improvement on their first game could well be enough to see off this Czech Republic side.
Back Greece to win at 9/4 (3.25) with William Hill.
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