Euro 2012: Greece vs Czech Republic Preview


Greece are coming into the game on the back of a heroic fightback against Poland in the opening match while, on the other hand, the Czechs will be looking to recover from the 4-1 beating at the hands of Russia. Fernando Santos' men will be hoping for three points as they aim to qualify from Group A while for the Czechs a win is the only result that could keep them in the qualification race.

Here are the probable line ups:

GREECE

Chalkias - Torossidis, Papadopoulos, Malezas, Holebas - Maniatis, Katsouranis, Karagounis - Salpingidis, Gekas, Samaras

CZECH REPUBLIC

Cech - Gebre Selassie, Kadlec, Hubnik, Sivok - Hubschman, Rosicky - Plasil, Pilar, Jiracek - Baros

Greece coach Fernando Santos quite a few problems to deal with as his preferred central defensive pairing of Avraam Papadopoulos (injured) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (suspended) are unavailable for the match. Papadopoulos' knee injury is quite serious and he is ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.

Schalke's Kyriakos Papadopolous is expected to replace the banned Werder Bremen man, while PAOK's Stelios Malezas is set to take the place of Papadopoulos. Dimitris Salpangidis should be handed a start after scoring against Poland as a substitute in the opening match.

As for the Czech Republic, Michal Bilek is unlikely to make major changes to his starting line up, despite the 4-1 beating at the hands of Russia. Tomas Hubschman could replace Jan Rezek in midfield while strikers Tomas Pekhart and Tomas Necid could come in off the bench.

Here are the match odds from Bet365:

Greece - 9/4

Draw - 11/5

Czech Republic - 11/8

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