Greece v Czech Republic latest odds, news and free bets

The second round of Euro 2012 group games begins in Wroclaw, with the Czech Republic looking to dust themselves down after that 4-1 drubbing by Russia and play their way back into the tournament

Defeat would mean an early exit for Michal Bílek’s team after such a heavy opening defeat although there were reasons to be optimistic for the Czechs, who played some enterprising football in patches against the Russians but had no end product compared to their opponents.

Even so, the 6/4 (Stan James free bets) about Czech Republic winning this match looks reasonably attractive considering Petr Jiráček and Tomas Rosicky can move the ball from defence to attack and Greece do look suspect from a defensive point-of-view.

It was somewhat bizarre that Poland went completely off the boil after their opponents were reduced to ten men in Warsaw, although perhaps the Greeks deserve praise for battling their way back into the game and coming desperately close to scoring a winner after Giorgos Karagounis missed from the penalty spot.

Fernando Santos will be urging his side to land the points ahead of a tricky final group game against Russia and some will consider the Hellenic side to be a value proposition at 23/10 (bet365 £200 free bets) considering their opponents shipped four goals on Friday.

Petr Cech had a night to remember although the defence in front of him creaked too easily and there must surely be a temptation to field Dimitris Salpigidis from the start considering that the PAOK forward effectively changed the game against the Poles.

Salpigidis is an 11/1 chance (BetVictor) to score the opening goal and this could indeed be an entertaining and open game considering that Greece are missing central defensive pair Avraam Papadopoulos and Sokratis Papastathopoulos through injury and suspension respectively.

The Czechs will continue to deploy Milan Baros as a lone forward and the former Liverpool striker is among the favourites at 8/1 (Stan James) to score first, although Václav Pilař was the goalscorer against Russia and the Viktoria Plzeň winger looks more likely at a tasty 16/1, while Jan Rezek is 10/1.

Over 2.5 Goals is available at 6/4 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) and it’s a tasty price with both teams looking shaky at the back and needing three points to ensure they are in contention going into the final game of the tournament.

Blue Square offer 16/5 about the Czechs leading at half-time and full-time, with the team really serving things up to Russia in the opening exchanges before the likes of Andrei Arshavin and Alan Dzagoev clicked into gear and took the game away from them.

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