The final set of group stage matches will begin today with Group A finishing play. All four teams are still mathematically alive heading into the action, so there should be plenty of tension since both games will start at the same time.
Russia currently leads the way with four points, followed by Czech Republic with three, Poland with two and Greece with one. Only two teams are going to advance to the knockout stages, meaning no team can afford a lackluster showing on Saturday.
Let's take a look at all the key information for watching the action and make predictions for each of the Euro 2012 clashes.
When: Saturday, June 16 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Watch: ESPN (Czech Republic vs. Poland) and ESPN2 (Russia vs. Greece)
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Czech Republic vs. Poland
Apparently the loss to Russia left a sour taste in Czech Republic's mouth because the Narodak came out with a vengeance against Greece. They scored two goals in the first six minutes and were able to maintain the lead to take back control of their fate.
It will take a more complete performance to defeat Poland, however. The Bialo-czerwoni held their own against a Russian side that entered the match with plenty of momentum. Helped by playing on home turf, they aren't going to get eliminated without a fight.
Czech Republic does hold the advantage of only needing a draw to move on. That means it will likely utilize a defense-first, conservative strategy. The Narodak will likely wait for counterattacking opportunities to provide their offense.
Knowing that, Poland has to serve as the aggressor from the opening whistle. If it can keep the pressure on the Czech back line for a majority of the match, eventually scoring chances will arise. I don't think it will be enough, however.
Prediction: Czech Republic 1, Poland 1
Russia vs. Greece
Russia looked like a potential tournament sleeper after the first set of fixtures, but the draw with Poland has put a damper on the hype. At least for now. A strong showing against Greece will get people talking about the Sbornaya again.
They figure to see a more attack-minded Greece side than usual because winning the game is the only chance the Greeks have to advance. The side normally plays a smart technical game, but will need to open things up to beat Russia.
That should open up more space on the attack for Alan Dzagoev, who's tied for the tournament lead in goals, and the rest of the Russian stars to operate. It's a good opportunity to get their offense back on track before the next round.
The quicker pace should make this a pretty entertaining game throughout, especially since there's so much on the line for both teams. In the end, look for Russia to pick up the victory and claim the top spot in Group A.
Prediction: Russia 2, Greece 1
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