The Euros are in full swing. There have already been a fair share of thrilling matchups, and Tuesday’s contest between Greece and the Czech Republic should be no different.
These two opponents have never lit up the score board when they’ve faced off in the past. In their last three matches against one another, only one goal has been scored. The match's first goal may prove to be its only one.
Despite the expected low scoring, this should be an entertaining and competitive match.
Eyes around the world will undoubtedly be watching this much-anticipated contest, which will take place…
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Time: 11:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
TV Info: Airing on ESPN
The Czech Republic suffered an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Russia in their opening match of the Euros, making their matchup with Greece a must-win, do-or-die contest.
Greece received a point in their opening match tie against Poland, and seemed to outplay their opponent for the majority of the contest.
Who will win?
The Czech defense was extremely suspect against Russia as they allowed four goals, all of which had no chance of being stopped. It's hard to believe a team that performed so poorly can play any worse, but their defense is still a major liability.
Greece will be missing two key defenders for Tuesday’s matchup, and midfielder Giorgos Fotakis pulled out of training the other day with a right thigh injury. The injury to Fotakis could further stall Greece’s offense, which struggled to score against Poland.
Greece’s offense had plenty of chances to score more than the single goal they tallied against Poland. Anyone who watched the contest realizes that Greece was the superior team, and they should find scores easier to come by against a weak Czech defense.
The Czechs are going to play desperately as they fully realize that this is a must-win match. They will hold nothing back and take many risks throughout the contest.
However, this has a chance of working against them because the more chances they take, the more it will open up the team’s already weak defense.
Greece will continue to have a hard time scoring goals just based on their conservative style of play. Still, I believe they will have numerous opportunities to attack the Czech defense and will put a few scores on the board.
Greece 2 Czech Republic 0.