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Poland Euro 2012: Handicapping Poland’s 2012 Euro Odds

Euro 2012 Poland: Whites and Reds Have Uphill Climb Ahead: The Poland soccer team isn’t one that has always been full of pride and promise. This year though, there is a definitely chance at greatness for success for Poland in Euro 2012, where the team has a great opportunity to make some noise on the European soccer scene now, and for years to come with quite the young team to say the least.

Poland was blessed with being in a relatively easy Group A, where there is a real chance to not just qualify, but to win the group as well. Yes, the Whites and Reds are still in some trouble to say the least, knowing that they are the only team in this bunch ranked outside of the Top 30 in the FIFA rankings, but home field advantage tends to trump all in tournaments like this one.

Euro 2012 Schedule for Poland
Friday June 8th: Poland vs. Greece 12:00 p.m. (ET) (ESPN Deportes)
Tuesday, June 12th: Poland vs. Russia 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Saturday, June 16th: Czech Republic vs. Poland 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN2)

The Whites and Reds didn’t make their debut in the European Cup until 2008, when they were knocked out in the first stage of the tournament. Now, they are going to have the home field advantage on their side, but the task will still be difficult. This is an incredibly young team that has had to find ways to put together goals in difficult fashion. There were only a handful of goals scored in recent qualifying efforts, as there have been just three goals scored in the four friendly matches since December, most of which have come against teams that are at the lower rungs of the European ladder, and many of which aren’t in this tournament.

That being said, it is all going to start in net for the Poles. Wojciech Szczesny is going to be the team’s goalie, and at just 22 years old, he is going to be thrown right into the mix. That being said, he has been the goalie for Arsenal in the Premier League, and that could go a long way towards helping him on this big stage. Poland hasn’t allowed a goal now in four straight matches, and the team has just one goal conceded in the last seven fixtures.

Szczesny is just one of the young stars on this team. Most of the Starting XI is going to be under the age of 30, and many of the players like Jakub Blaszczykowski are even young. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is just 26 years old, and he is going to be expected to help out a team that is only going to use strikers that are 23 years old and young. His teammate at Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski has 13 goals for his country leading into this tournament.

The White Eagles are going to be going with a 4-4-2 formation under Poland team manager Franciszek Smuda, and for good reason. Save for the two stars from Borussia Dortmund, there really isn’t a heck of a lot of firepower out there. Marcin Wasilewski is one of the most capped players in the country right now with 47 caps, and he is going to be one of the anchors for a defense in front of Szczesny, who could have his work cut out for him.

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Poland knows that it is one of the worst teams in this tournament statistically speaking, as it is ranked No. 65 in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings. That being said, it is going to have the easier draw of the teams in Group A right away, getting another defensive team in Greece in the opening fixture. Getting three points out of that match is definitely a possibility. From there though, it is going to be tough going against the Russians and the Czechs in consecutive matches. It would seem like four points from those two fixtures would be as good as it gets for Poland, but we just don’t know if more than five points is a possibility for the team, and that’s only if the defense is out of this world.

Beyond that though, it is awfully difficult to see Poland getting into the semifinals and competing for even third place. Either Germany, Holland, or Portugal is likely to be waiting in the first knockout round, and that just doesn’t bode well, even though the White Eagles are hosting this tournament.

Poland 2012 Euro Championship Odds & Predictions: In the end, we just don’t know if Poland is going to have the ability to get out of the group stage. We think that the team is going to have either two or four points at the end of the first round, and that just isn’t going to cut it. This is clearly the worst team in this tournament, and even home field advantage isn’t going to save the White Eagles. Poland is +250 on the Euro odds to win Group A. The team is also +4000 on the odds to win Euro 2012. Click Here to bet on Euro 2012!

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