Thursday, June 7, 2012

Opening night

The Euro 2012 gets underway on Friday night. Like many, I have a feeling that the games will offer quite a few surprises. Even dominant Spain is not a certainty, in my books, to win or let alone reach the final. This could have been an occasion for England to shine, but they have been so struck by injuries and lack of a manager for long, that they don't inspire any amount of strong confidence.

The opening game sees co-hosts Poland play Greece in Group A. That match looks sets to end in a dour 0-0. There certainly won't be many goals in this. Russia and the Czech Republic square off in the other game, and both look to be the strongest teams in the group. There are a lot of questions on the Russians as they play under a new coach following the departure of Guus Hiddink. The Czech are always present but rarely shine on the big occasions, and their current team is weaker than the previous editions. This game can really go either way.

Typically, the 4 teams above clearly form the weakest group of the Euros. None of them inspire confidence and I'll take a pass for this opening night. Poland v/s Greece to end in a draw looks enticing for long punters.

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