Poland v Russia Betting Tip Over 9.5 corners – Tuesday 12th June 2012


Poland v Russia

Poland came out all guns blazing on Friday and blew their opponents away in the first half. It was a really impressive performance and they can take great heart from it heading into their second match. They need to learn from the mistakes (of which there were many) they made in the second half of the game. Wojciech Szczesny will of course miss the Group A clash with Russia after being sent off against Greece on Friday but he was the main culprit of letting emotion get the better of him. The adrenaline got to him and his errors in judgment cost them dearly. They now know that they will have to pick up a victory, at the very least, in one of their final two matches in order to progress to the knockout stage. Their fans will be hoping that now they have the first game behind them they can settle down a little and put together a more solid performance for the whole of the match. One big positive they can take from their opening match is that when they do play at a high tempo they will create chances. Robert Lewandowski finished a beautiful cross to open his account in competitive action for his country and he will once again be the focal point tomorrow.

Russia have probably turned in the most impressive performance of the tournament to date. Their slick passing, excellent counter attacks and clever invention in and around the box was a joy to watch. Their opponents weren’t great but you just felt that there was still a little in reserve for Dick Advocaat’s men if and when they needed it. If it wasn’t for the wasteful finishing of Alexander Kershakov was the only negative in an attacking sense. That being said, however, his movement and runs caused the Czech’s defence all sorts of problems and I would be surprised if he was dropped for this game. Despite being inventive, clinical and exciting going forward there was more than a suggestion that they were sluggish and slow to react in a defensive sense. The Czech’s created several opportunities but didn’t have the quality to punish them. That will be an issue should the Russians progress and play against a better standard of player.

Poland have to be wary of being caught on the break by Russia but at the same time they look a lot better on the front foot and are not set up to sit back and soak up pressure. They play with out and out wingers whilst Russia get their full backs high up the park. There should be plenty of attacking play and that should lead to a host of corners.

Over 9.5 Corners 5pts, 5/6 @ Bet365

At the end of the first round of games the tips have seen a profit of 4.4 points following them to the advised stakes.

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