Live on BBC1: Fri 17.00: All of the pressure will be on co-hosts Poland as Euro 2012 gets under way in Warsaw but with the support of the nation behind them, Franciszek Smuda’s troops should just about manage to edge out the defensively resilient Greeks.
The shock winners of the competition in 2004 don’t concede many goals and went through qualifying unbeaten so they will be no pushovers in the Polish capital but they’re Boylesports’ 7/2 outsiders for a reason, the fact that they look toothless in attack and that could be key to Poland justifying the even money favouritism handed to them by Betfred.
Nevertheless, Greece give little away and it looks like a game set destined to be low scoring. It’s a banker then at 8/15 with Stan James to produce fewer than three goals and a case can be made for Coral’s 5/1 marked against a 1-0 Poland success.
However, at slightly skinnier odds of 9/2, this time with Skybet, a better bet could be an opening goal courtesy of Robert Lewandowski. The Poland striker is in great form after an exceptional season with Borussia Dortmund and he has the quality to break the down the stubborn Greeks.
Robert Lewandowski to score first – 9/2 (Skybet)