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Poland and Greece get Euro 2012 underway when they go up against each other in Warsaw. Group A looks to be one of the tightest groups with all four teams hopeful of progressing to the knockout stages.
Poland will have home advantage throughout the tournament which is a massive boost for them. However, they have not played a competitive game since a 2010 World Cup qualifier back in 2009 as they automatically qualified for Euro 2012.
They have played their friendly matches leading up to the competition on home soil to get used to conditions and the atmosphere. The co-hosts have made winning a habit in recent matches with five victories in their last six encounters.
The one game that Poland didn’t manage to win in this run was a 0-0 draw with tournament hopefuls Portugal so they have proved they can compete with one of the best teams in these Championships.
Franciszek Smuda’s men recent form makes them the favourites to take three points in this fixture and you can back them at evens.
As for Greece, they will be looking to emulate their fantastic tournament of 2004 where they upset all the odds and went on to lift the trophy in Portugal.
Fernando Santos does not have many big names or flair players in his squad, but he does have men that will want to work hard for him and progress as far as possible in the tournament.
Sotiris Ninis suffered a horrific knee injury back in September 2011 which was a real blow to the side as he is their big attacking threat and playmaker.
Ninis’ return in March gave everyone in the country a much needed boost and the 22-year-old will be looking to set Euro 2012 alight.
Greece will have no problem in being the underdogs going into this fixture as it is a tag they deal extremely well with. They are being offered at 19/5 to take the victory.
Winning your first group game sets you up fantastically to qualify for the knockout stages, especially as this group is so tight.
Kick-off is at 5pm on Friday.