Euro 2012 Preview: Poland v Russia

Possible Line-Ups

Poland:

22 Tyton, 02 Boenisch ,13 Wasilewski, 15 Perquis, 20 Piszczek, 18 Mierzejewski, 21 Grosicki, 11 Murawski, 07 Polanski, 16 Blaszczykowski, 09 Lewandowski

Russia:

16 Malafeev, 02 Aniukov, 04 Ignashevich, 05 Zhirkov, 12 Berezutsky, 06 Shirokov, 07 Denisov, 08 Zyryanov, 17 Dzagoev , 10 Arshavin, 11 Kerzhakov

Analysis

After an eventful opening game against Greece, which saw Wojciech Szczesny sent off, Poland will be looking to get their first win in the European Championships. They are probably disappointed they walked off the pitch Friday with only a point. If they had taken their chances against Greece, then they certainly would be Russia’s main rivals in this group. They are a tough team to beat and have a brilliant goal scorer in Lewandowski, who is already off the mark in the competition. If they are to have any chance of getting something from this game then Lewandowski will have to continue the form he has shown this season for club and country, as I predict chances will be few. 

As for Russia, they looked very impressive, beating Czech Republic 4-1, which could of easily been a lot more had Aleksandr Kerzhakov had his shooting boots on. They looked like scoring every time they attacked and every player (perhaps not Kerzhakov) looked capable of putting the ball in the net. In my opinion, Arshavin was the key, he was instrumental and looked like the player he was always meant to be! The young Alan Dzagoev also shone through out, scoring two fantastic goals. Russia are now undefeated in their last 15 games and I fully expect them to continue this record and exciting style of play against Poland.

Score?

With the contrast of styles of play, this fixture could be a very tasty affair, especially if both their opening games are anything to go by! I believe Russia will find the Poles harder to break down than the Czechs but they do have enough quality to score a few goals, especially as Poland will be without their number one keeper due to suspension. I do think Poland will give the Russians a good fight, but I fear their heads could go down once they concede, the hosting nation do have a slight chance of nicking a goal but I cant see them scoring more than one. My full time prediction for the game is 3-1 to Russia. 

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