Live on BBC3: Sat 19.45: Group A’s results to date mean that every team still has a chance of qualification for the second phase, even Greece, who lie bottom of the pool with just one point. Fernando Santos’ men however, need to beat Russia in Warsaw if they are to reach the last eight and that looks a big ask against a team that has impressed thus far.
The task facing the Greeks is reflected in the odds, which show them to be BetVictor’s 17/4 outsiders while Dick Advocaat’s charges are just 3/4 at best courtesy of Paddy Power and it’s 3/1 (Stan James) to finish all square, a result that would send Russia through and eliminate Greece regardless of events in the other match in Wroclaw.
The Russians decent start to the tournament suggests they should have the upper hand and knowing that they can still be knocked out, Advocaat’s charges won’t be taking anything for granted so punters should be looking to get them onside here.
Skybet rate Russia at 7/2 to come out on top following a drawn first half and it’s 13/5 with bet365 for the Group A leaders to shade it by a one-goal margin but it could be worth keeping an eye on young star Alan Dzagoev, who has already helped himself to three goals in the competition.
With front man Aleksandr Kerzhakov misfiring, Russia might need their attacking midfielders to help in attack and Dzagoev has done just that so far. Subsequently, he’s just 5/1 in places to break the deadlock but William Hill are offering 15/2 and that’s worth considering, as is Sportingbet’s 12/5 for the 21-year-old to strike at any time.
Alan Dzagoev to score first – 15/2 (William Hill)