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Czech Republic v Poland
European Championships
K.O 19.45, BBC 1


(Max last 10 only)
10 Oct 2009 World Cup Qualifying Czech Republic 2 Poland 0
11 Oct 2008 World Cup Qualifying Poland 2 Czech Republic 1
06 Feb 2008 Friendly Poland 2 Czech Republic 0
28 Apr 1999 Friendly Poland 2 Czech Republic 1
12 Mar 1997 Friendly Czech Republic 2 Poland 1
27 May 1992 Friendly Poland 1 Czechoslovakia 0
27 Mar 1991 Friendly Czechoslovakia 4 Poland 0
27 Oct 1987 Friendly Czechoslovakia 3 Poland 1
04 Sep 1985 Friendly Czechoslovakia 3 Poland 1
13 Nov 1974 Friendly Czechoslovakia 2 Poland 2

The Czech Republic have never faced Poland in European competition before but the neighbours now effectively find themselves playing each other for a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012. Assuming Russia avoid defeat against Greece then a point will be enough for the Czechs to go through at Poland’s expense.

The co-hosts seemed to find the occasion too much when they capitulated from a goal up and a one-man numerical advantage against Greece in the opener to somehow also finish the game with ten men and the scores level.

The crunch match versus Russia saw an improved showing from the Poles and they showed all their battling qualities to come from behind courtesy of an exquisite strike from captain Jakub Blaszczykowski and then almost found a winner.

On the whole the Czechs look a shadow of the side that reached the final of this competition in 1996 and after taking a bashing at the hands of the Russians they had poor Greek defending to thank for their two early goals in Tuesday‘s game. Even then they only just held off a spirited fight back. Their reliance on the veteran Milan Baros up-front suggests a lack of options and with doubts over the fitness of skipper Tomas Rosicky they look opposable.

Poland were arguably unlucky not to beat Russia and a similar effort should see Franciszek Smuda’s men get the win they need to assure progress. We saw the impact raucous home support can have when Ukraine toppled Sweden last Monday and with a packed Wroclaw stadium urging them on, back Poland to beat Czech Republic.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)

Back Poland at around 2.32 on BETAQ: 6 points

Friday: -4.00 points

JUNE RETURN TO DATE: +47.66 points

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