Poland v Russia: Why CSKA’s Alan Dzagoev is bound to score
The Tipster is backing Russia striker Alan Dzagoev to continue his impressive form and score against Poland on Tuesday
The Tipster turns his attentions back to Group A after an enjoyable opening round at Euro 2012, and our resident betting expert is backing the impressive Alan Dzagoev to score for Russia in a victory over Poland on Tuesday.
Our man-in-the-know is backing Russia to beat Poland, while tipping Greece to edge to three points against the Czech Republic, with Dimitris Salpingidis a good bet to score against Petr Cech.
Russia’s Dzagoev to score at any time against Poland – 5/2
Dzagoev was in sparkling form for Russia in their 4-1 win against the Czech Republic last Friday, scoring either side of half-time. The CSKA Moscow striker endured a difficult season, with just five goals in 31 appearances, but the 20-year-old has been in better form for his national side, with four goals in qualifying. So the Tipster’s opening bet for this edition is Dzagoev to score at any time for Russia against Poland at solid odds of 5/2.
Russia to beat Poland by two goals or more – 15/4
Russia were very impressive against Czech Republic, when Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin inspired Dick Advocaat’s side to a 4-1 victory last Friday. Russia are now 15 games unbeaten, winning eight matches during that run, and they conceded just three times in their last 12 – it all makes for impressive reading. Poland will be missing Wojciech Szczęsny, who is serving a one-match ban after his sending off, and the Tipster reckons Russia will capitalise, with Advocaat’s men to win by two goals or more a solid shout at 15/4.
Greece to beat Czech Republic – 9/4
Greece were unbeaten in qualifying for Euro 2012, and Fernando Santos’ side made a solid start to their tournament, with a 1-1 draw against co-hosts Poland. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic have failed to score against Greece in their last three meetings, and confidence will be low after their 4-1 defeat by Russia. The Tipster reckons Greece to win looks a good bet at 9/4.
Dimitris Salpingidis to score at any time against Czech Republic – 10/3
Salpingidis was impressive coming off the bench for the Greeks in their draw with Poland, and he took his tally to five international goals in less than a year with his second-half strike. So 10/3 for the 30-year-old to score his ninth goal for Greece is certainly worth a punt.
The long shot: Greece to beat Czech Republic without conceding – 4/1
The Czech Republic managed just 12 goals in qualifying for Euro 2012 – the lowest of all the finalists at the competition in Poland and Ukraine. Greece went all the way at Euro 2004 based on their mean performances at the back, and they were undefeated in qualifying – a first for the Greeks. So the Tipster reckons Santos’ side can prevent the Czechs from scoring in a Greece victory at 4/1. You heard it here first.
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