Group A is an interesting group coming into the final day of the tournament because any of the 4 teams are still able to advance. Greece, while only having a single point, is still alive coming into their final match against Russia. Russia saw their hopes dashed a little with a 1-1 draw to Poland a few days ago and now they are at risk of not advancing. If Russia was able to pull off a victory over Poland they would have been able to rest some of their players coming into their final match, but now they will have to field a full squad.
Russia is going to be led by their newfound goal scorer Alan Dzagoev who has already netted 3 goals this Euros. The Russians have showed off their firepower already and against a Greece side who has yet to impress anyone to date they should look to pile the goals on. There are not many flaws in how the Russians play, the only problem they have had is finishing. Much like their previous Polish opponents the Russians create plenty of chances that they are simply unable to finish. Igor Akinfeev showed against Poland why he is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in this tournament and the world. In the first 20 minutes against Poland Akinfeev was force to make a series of impressive saves that completely turned the tide of the match. The Russians are still favored to advance out of the group but their first place position may not be so secure. A second place finish in Group A could make for an incredibly tough opponent in the first knockout match.
On paper Greece still has a shot of advancing out of the group, but in reality many are already counting them out. Up to this point Greece has really failed to impress anyone, in their first match they didn’t take advantage of multiple opportunities to score and they couldn’t dig themselves out of the hole they created against the Czechs. To put it bluntly Greece is not the soccer power that they once were, they look like nothing more than a shadow of their 2004 team. Theofanis Gekas recorded a single goal against the Czech Republic but the Greeks could not finish their comeback and ended up with 0 points from the encounter.
5Dimes has Russia as the favorite and they are currently at -122 on the moneyline. Greece is a big underdog and is sitting at +405 on the moneyline, and a draw is +270.
Russia is the favorite and i think that they may end up beating Greece by 2 or 3 goals. Advancing out of the group is one thing, but Russia wants to win the group and get an easier opponent in the knockout stages. Greece will end up completing their Euros in disappointing fashion I believe.
Pick: Russia To Win (-122)