15th of June 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Greece, the Euro 2004 winners, stand on the brink of elimination after grabbing just one point from their first two Group A games while Russia need a draw to secure their place in the last eight.
Here are the probable line ups:
Sifakis - Torosidis, K. Papadop'los, Sokratis, Holebas - Maniatis, Katsouranis, Karagounis - Salpingidis, Gekas, Samaras
Malafeev - Anyukov, Ignashevich, A Berezustskiy, Zhirkov - Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov - Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin
Greece have yet another injury to worry about: Kostas Chalkias, who limped off the pitch during the 2-1 loss at the hands of the Czech Republic. The PAOK goalkeeper was replaced by Michalis Sifakis on the occasion, but Alexandros Tzorvas could also be in line for a place between the sticks. But there is a player returning into the Greek ranks as Sokratis Papastathopoulos is available again after missing the Czech clash through suspension. In attack Dimitris Salpingidis and Theofanis Gekas should be given places in the starting eleven after scoring in the first two matches, but the third spot is contested by Georgios Samaras and young Sotiris Ninis.
Russia might not make any changes at all as they might start with the same eleven that achieved the 4-1 victory against Czech Republic and a good enough draw against Poland. However, striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov has not shown great things thus far and might be replaced by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Alan Dzagoev and Igor Denisov could be left out to avoid the risk of both players getting suspended if they pick up yellow cards during the final group match.
Here are the match odds from Bet365:
Greece - 4/1
Draw - 11/4
Russia - 8/11
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