Greece v Czech Republic Betting Tip Greece – Tuesday 12th June 2012

Gekas - Katsouranis (Greece)

Greece v Czech Republic

Realistically, both these sides need a win to stand any real chance of going through to the knockout stages. Greece let a massive opportunity slip when they missed a penalty when the score was 1-1 on Friday against Poland. It now means that a defeat against the Czech’s could see them eliminated if the result in the evening games also goes against them. The other factor which counts against Greece is the fact they have still to play the group favourites whom they face in their final group match. The Greeks can take a lot of positives from the second half of their game against the hosts as they put them under pressure and a lot of the second 45 minutes was played in the Poles half. Their second group match looks a lot similar in terms of the opposition as they will face a team who have a couple of standout players but in general terms, they’re not nearly as strong as most of the nations in the competition.

The Czechs were simply outplayed on Friday evening against Russia. Despite starting well and causing some problems, their lack of quality was a real issue and for most of the match they were chasing shadows. It remains to be seen what Michal Belek will do against Greece as playing two strikers left them awfully exposed but they really need to win tomorrow night or they too could be eliminated with one game still to play. Tomas Rosicky has to take more of a captain’s role in their second group game if they are to get a positive result as they lacked any real leadership, especially in the midfield. Russia dominated the middle of the park and if they allow Greece to dictate the pace of the game then they will be facing even more heartache.

Greece looked a lot more dangerous when they brought on Dimitris Salpingidis. The minute striker was a constant threat with his movement and willingness to run in behind the opposition defence, getting his reward with the equalizing goal. He looks sure to start in place of Theo Gekas who was disappointing in the first half.

I believed the Czech’s to be the weakest nation at this tournament before a ball was kicked and their performance on Friday just enhanced that view. Greece are not as good as Russia – I know – but they still look to have more in their favour and can collect all three points.

Greece 1pt, 12/5 @ BetVictor

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