With just hours left until the Poland kick off Euro 2012 against Greece, the co-hosts’ players would be forgiven for feeling some pre-match jitters.
Despite, this Arsenal keeper Wojiech Szcezesny told reporters he was quietly confident that they would rise to the occasion.
“All of us have played important matches and will have more important ones still in our career,” he said. “I’m sure each one of us will handle that pressure.”
One player expected to step up to the plate in Warsaw is man-of-the-moment Robert Lewandowski.
The Dortmund striker is coming into the tournament on the back of an impressive 29-goal season and looks to have hit form when it counts, scoring an acrobatic bicycle kick in Poland’s final warm-up game against Andorra.
Backing the 22-year-old to grab the opener against Greece is available at 7/2, but for my money, a punt on Lewandowski to score two or more looks a tasty option given his penchant for scoring in bursts.
The Polish striker scored two or more goals on nine separate occasions last season and with odds of 5/1 available, anyone utilising bwin’s free £25 bet for registering on this tip could walk away with £150 if successful.
Attacking midfielder Ludovic Obraniak is also likely to be relishing another encounter with Greece.
The 27-year-old has fond memories of Poland’s opponents, having scored his first ever international goals as part of a match-winning brace against the Greeks back in 2009.
Obraniak has also hit goalscoring form at the right time and after grabbing the opener in Poland’s 4-0 success against the Andorrans, he could be one to back to score the first goal of the game at odds of 9/1.
The Bordeaux star may also be worth a long punt too, with odds of 40/1 on Obraniak scoring first in a 2-0 win for Poland.
Greece come into Euro 2012 with the worst scoring record in qualifying among those teams at the tournament and few regular goalscorers to choose from.
Anyone seeking out a Greek goalscorer punt with legs should look out for Georgios Karagounis.
The veteran midfielder has a track record for upsetting the Euro hosts, after grabbing a goal in Greece’s famous 2-1 win over Portugal back in 2004.
As free-kick and penalty taker, he remains a solid bet for a goal at anytime at odds of 5/1.
Poland fans will now be hoping lightning doesn’t strike twice.
Recommended bet: Robert Lewandowski to score two or more @ 5/1
Outside punt: Ludovic Obraniak to score the opener @ 9/1
Long shot: Ludovic Obraniak to score first and Poland to win 2-0 @ 40/1
Read a full Poland v Greece betting preview here.
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