Russia are massive favourites to not only book their place in the last eight but also avoid a potential quarter final against Germany by winning the group, with the bookies offering a best price 3/10 (William Hill free £25 bet) that Dick Advocaat’s team win the section.
Greece would need an unbelievable set of final game results to win the group and are priced at 150/1 accordingly, although a win could be enough to secure an unlikely spot in the last eight and Fernando Santos’ team haven’t yet given up the ghost.
After securing a 1-1 draw in the tournament’s opening game against co-hosts Poland, they were badly caught cold in the opening exchanges of their match against Czech Republic, going 2-0 down after five minutes and never really recovering.
However, the Greeks now need to go for broke and odds of 17/4 (BetVictor free bets) might be enticing to a few punters who saw the way that Russia started to tire against Poland and effectively keep hold of a point rather than go for three.
There will be others who are keen to lump on the Russians at 8/11 (bet365 bookmaker) considering they scored four times against Czech Republic and seemed to be controlling the game against the Poles before Jakub Błaszczykowski let fly with an unstoppable equaliser which could end up being goal of the tournament.
Perhaps Advocaat does decide Roman Pavlyuchenko is the answer for this game and the former Tottenham forward is a 6/1 chance to break the deadlock, although the man with the midas touch is currently tournament top scorer Alan Dzagoev and the CSKA Moscow winger is a 15/2 chance to score first.
Dzagoev has been excellent in the two games played and has broken the deadlock on both occasions, although the manager may look to freshen up the team and it will be interesting to see whether changes are made to this Russia side who need a point to go through.
The draw can be backed at 3/1 (Stan James) and the jury’s still out on this Russian side who pass the ball very nicely but do seem to struggle against the counter-attack and have conceded in those first two games.
Perhaps we might see the Greeks score a consolation goal but ultimately lose the game with Russia available at 14/1 (Sportingbet) to claim a 3-1 win and 33/1 that they win by another 4-1 scoreline which will set them up very nicely for the remainder of the tournament.
This game is unlikely to be a bore draw and it is a surprise to see Over 2.5 Goals on offer at odds-against considering that the Greeks have to try and win while Russia know that a draw could leave them finishing second if Czech Republic beat Poland.