However, the subtle difference is that the Poles need to win this game against a team who are a point better off than them after two games played, while the Czechs just need a point and they will be through to the quarter finals where Germany lie in wait.
Therefore, we should expect the ‘visitors’ to try and stick with what they have got and Franciszek Smuda’s side might have to be patient when it comes to forcing a breakthrough. Wojciech Szczęsny should be back between the sticks and Poland can be backed at a best price 13/10 (Paddy Power free bets) to win the game.
They certainly played well against Russia and were full value for the 1-1 draw against the group leaders, with Jakub Błaszczykowski producing a sublime finish to rescue a point for the Poles and the captain will be an important figure once again.
The Czechs will be intent on keeping the Borussia Dortmund midfielder quiet and the same applies to Robert Lewandowski who looked dangerous on the rare occasions that the striker received the ball in the last game.
Lewandowski is the 5/1 favourite (bet365 £200 free bets) to break the deadlock here and have the majority of supporters celebrating, with Poland desperate to reach the quarter final stage in their attempt to write a new page in the history books.
Even so, Michal Bílek’s side probably didn’t deserve to lose 4-1 in their opening game against the Russians and they had another fast start against Greece which saw the Czech Republic race into a 2-0 lead after five minutes which effectively won them the game.
They are a decent attacking unit and winger Václav Pilař will be looking to score in his third consecutive game at Euro 2012, having bagged a consolation against the Russians before scoring his team’s winner against Greece.
He’s a 12/1 chance (Sportingbet) to score first and we should remember that there will be a reasonable amount of pressure on Poland as they look to secure victory, with both teams hoping that Greece are beaten by Russia which will ensure this is a straight shoot-out for group qualification.
Perhaps we will get a grandstand finish in Wroclaw and Stan James offer interesting odds of 33/1 that the Czechs lead at half-time but it’s the Polish supporters who are celebrating come the final whistle.
However, if you think that Poland are going to blow the opposition away as the Russians did, odds of 25/1 are on offer about a 3-0 win for the home side.