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Euro 2012 Quarterfinals: Czech Republic vs. Portugal Tips, Predictions, & Picks

Euro 2012 Czech Republic vs. Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo Goal To Make Difference: The first match on the Euro 2012 quarterfinals schedule kicks off on Thursday night at National Stadium, where the Czech Republic look to pull off the upset of Portugal. These two teams both know that they are relatively lucky to be in this position, yet both now all of a sudden think that they should be amongst the favorites on the Euro 2012 betting lines. Join us for our Euro Cup picks for the Czech Republic vs. Portugal fixture on Thursday!

Losing the first match in the group stages often leads to disaster, but both the Portuguese and the Czechs were defeated to start this tournament. One of the two will be in the semifinals of this clash, and the possibility is there as well that the team that the winner of this one will be going against will be France, another team that was defeated in one of its matches in the group stage. Of course, what could be waiting instead is Spain, the defending Euro 2012 and World Cup champions. Both of these teams are in good shape of late though, as each took six points from their final two matches in the group stage.

Czech Republic vs. Portugal Schedule and Match Information
Czech Republic vs. Portugal Match Date/Time: Thursday, June 21st, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Czech Republic vs. Portugal Stadium: National Stadium
Czech Republic vs. Portugal on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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Czech Republic vs. Portugal Match Odds: Portugal -0.5 (-130)
Czech Republic vs. Portugal Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over +105)

It was a rough first match and change in this tournament for the great Cristiano Ronaldo, but now, he is back in the fold for the Euro 2012 Golden Boot. He scored twice against the Netherlands in what proved to be the pivotal match in the Group of Death in Group B, and that sent the Portuguese from the outhouse to the penthouse and the quarterfinals of Euro 2012. There were five goals scored by Portugal in the opening stage of this tournament. Helder Postiga and Silvestre Varela were both goal scorers as well along the way, and the two have both played some crucial minutes for their country. Nani has been one of the top midfielders for this side, but there have been some struggles in the center of the pitch. In the back, Portugal has been solid, though not nearly the most outstanding team in the tournament. Rui Patricio has allowed four goals thus far in the Euro Cup, though we must admit that that isn’t all that shocking against what proved to be a very, very tough group.

There was a time that the Czech Republic was looked upon as potentially the worst team in this tournament. After all, Russia crushed the Czechs 4-1 in just the second match of this tourney, and the latter were written off as a result. Petr Cech really struggled against the Russians, allowing four goals, many of which could have been stopped in his better days. However, he really bounced back, allowing just one goal in his last two matches. The midfield for the Czechs has been simply awesome over the course of these last two Euro 2012 fixtures. Vaclav Pilar has two goals, and Petr Jiracek also has a pair of strikes. Up front, Milan Baros has been a bit quiet, but he has largely been by himself at the front of the pitch. The question in this match is going to be whether the Czech Republic captain, Tomas Rosicky is going to be able to get back in the fold. He missed what turned out to be the decisive 1-0 victory over Poland almost a week ago with an Achilles injury. Rosicky is up in the air for this one, but we tend to believe that he is going to be on the field either as a starter or a sub when push comes to shove.

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Czech Republic vs. Portugal Match Preview & Analysis: This is where the rubber meets the road for the Czechs. They did make it through the group stage, but there is a big difference between the teams on the slate in Group A and the one that is going to be on the other side of the field this time around. Portugal is one of the Top 15 teams in the world, and the only other time that the Czech Republic has met a team ranked in the Top 15 in this tournament, it was beaten 4-1. Yes, the Czechs are playing well now, but Ronaldo, Nani, and the likes are clearly going to be the best players on the pitch in this one. Don’t be all that shocked if Ronaldo bags a third goal in his last two matches, and if that turns out to be the difference maker in the first quarterfinal clash.

Czech Republic vs. Portugal Punting Tip: Portugal -0.5 (-130) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Czech Republic vs. Portugal Score Prediction: Czech Republic 0 – Portugal 1

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2012 Euro Cup Odds & Picks: Czech Republic vs. Poland Match Odds & Preview

Czech Republic vs. Poland Match Analysis: Czechs To Knock Poles Out of Euros: The Czech Republic and Poland are going to be battling it out on Saturday night at Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, where one of these teams will likely get into the second round of Euro 2012, while the other will be knocked out for sure. Don’t miss our Czech Republic vs. Poland picks and tips for what should be one heck of a match.

The equation in this match is truly simple for both teams. Either team is going to be into the second round with a victory, and both would have a chance at winning the group. However, all eyes are going to be on that Russia/Greece match running concurrently. Should the Greeks win that match, a draw isn’t going to be good enough for either of these teams, and the end result should see both going for broke. That being said, if Greece doesn’t end up beating Russia, a draw would put the Czech Republic into the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 and would send the hosts packing.

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Czech Republic vs. Poland Schedule and Match Information
Czech Republic vs. Poland Match Date/Time: Saturday, June 16th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Czech Republic vs. Poland Stadium: Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw
Czech Republic vs. Poland on TV: ESPN2, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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Czech Republic vs. Poland Match Odds: Czech Republic -0.5 (+115)
Czech Republic vs. Poland Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over +100)

The Czechs need to be quite careful here in this position. Remember the last time that this team was in a spot to be able to get into the quarterfinals of Euro 2012? The Czech Republic was up 2-0 against Turkey in a de facto knockout match for the two teams with a quarter of an hour left to play. Petr Cech allowed not just one or two, but three goals in the last 15 minutes of the match to see the Czechs out of the tournament. Of course, Cech hasn’t been stellar at all in this tournament. The one goal that Greece scored against him came on a massive miscommunication between he and his defense, and the game before that, the Czechs allowed a whopping four goals to Russia. The team that we saw come out of the blocks on fire against Greece, scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes of the match was the one that we were expecting to see against Russia, though. The real question? Which one of these Czech teams will be the one to show up on Sunday?

This may as well be the World Cup Final for the Poles. They aren’t exactly a team rich in soccer tradition, and so many of their players at home and up playing in Germany with the Bundesliga as opposed to staying at home and playing in their own country’s struggling domestic league. So for a nation that really hasn’t had much to be proud of on the pitch, this is a chance for something special to happen. Three points will get Poland into the second round of this tournament, and you know that the team is going to do nothing but go for broke to make this happen. We have seen the Polish look remarkable over the course of this tournament at times, including in the first half against Greece and the second half against Russia. The result in both were 1-1 draws, something that won’t be good enough this time around. Look for Robert Lewandowski to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, as the young striker is the man that is going to have to break this game open for Poland at some point if it is to advance.

Czech Republic vs. Poland Match Preview & Analysis: For as excited as we think that the Poles are going to be to be in this fixture, we just don’t know if it is going to make all that much of a difference. We do think that they are going to come out with some gusto and get a strike relatively early, but eventually, class is going to end up showing. The Czechs just have a better team, and a better team by a comfortable margin. They’ll get the three points from this match and get into the knockout rounds, making amends for what was a disastrous end of Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria.

Czech Republic vs. Poland Punting Tip: Czech Republic -0.5 (+115) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Czech Republic vs. Poland Score Prediction: Czech Republic 2 – Poland 1

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2012 Euro Cup Odds & Picks: Greece vs. Czech Republic Match Odds & Preview

Greece vs. Czech Republic Match Analysis: Greeks Cast Aside Doubt, Push Czechs To The Brink: The Czech Republic knows that it is in a heck of a lot of trouble right now, as we are set to begin the second match day in Group A play on the Euro 2012 schedule. On Tuesday afternoon, the Czechs are going to take on Greece, a team that was able to snare a point in the first fixture of this tournament to get started. The winner, if there is one, is going to control its own destiny going into the final fixtures of the group stages later this week.

If you had to give out grades from the first match, the Czechs and the Greeks would be separated by the ocean. Greece probably gets a B or so for taking a point away from the match against the host nation, Poland, while the Czech Republic clearly gets an F in a 4-1 loss, the worst defeat that any side took in the first match day of this tournament.

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Greece vs. Czech Republic Schedule and Match Information
Greece vs. Czech Republic Match Date/Time: Tuesday, June 12th, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Greece vs. Czech Republic Stadium: Stadion Miejski
Greece vs. Czech Republic on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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Greece vs. Czech Republic Match Odds: Czech Republic -0.5 (+120)
Greece vs. Czech Republic Betting Line Total: 2 (Over -120)

The Czechs were just a horrid disaster at the back against the Russians in their first match, and that’s why they are three points and three goals adrift in Group A going into the second set of fixtures. In the blink of an eye, Russia was up 2-0 in the match, as there were goals by Alan Dzagoev and Roman Shirokov in succession. The Czechs did strike back with a Vaclav Pilar goal in the 52nd minute, but in the end, there were just far too many opportunities allowed. Petr Cech has now had back to back disastrous matches in European Cup competition, allowing seven goals in his last roughly 105 minutes of action on the pitch. The time might be here that a new keeper might be in order, though it is hard to take a legend like Cech out of the lineup even if he is struggling mightily.

With some help, the Greeks can just about lock up a spot in the second round of the tournament if they can win this fixture. They were a totally different team in the second 45 minutes against Poland than they were in the first 45. That first half was a total disaster, as Sokratis Papastathopoulous was ejected with back to back yellow cards within 10 minutes of one another, resulting in a red. He won’t be playing in this one, but we have to think that one of the men that will is Dimitris Salpingidis, who came off of the bench and scored the game-tying goal and nearly generated the game-winner as well.

Greece vs. Czech Republic Match Preview & Analysis: After watching both the Greeks and the Czechs on the first match day of this tournament, we just don’t know if the heart is there for the Czechs. Greece really has a formidable team in this tourney, and it is going to want to make sure that it succeeds in this match, knowing that the pressure cooker with Russia is up next. After allowing the four goals to the Russians, we just don’t know if the Czechs are going to have this in them. We certainly want the half ball on our side, and we would even recommend taking the outright upset at 3 to 1 as well.

Greece vs. Czech Republic Punting Tip: Greece pk (-150) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Greece vs. Czech Republic Score Prediction: Greece 1 – Czech Republic 0

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Group A Euro Cup Odds: Russia vs. Czech Republic Predicted Results

Russia vs. Czech Republic Picks: Arshavin To Save The Day In Tight Match: Team Russia and Team Czech Republic should be involved in quite the interesting battle on the Euro 2012 betting lines in Group A action on Friday afternoon. Both of these teams have the ability to pour in goals in bunches, and as a result, we expect to see a fantastic fixture on the opening day of the tournament.

The edge is clearly going to start on the side of the Russians, who are expected to take all three points from this fixture. They are the favorites on the odds to win Group A in the Euro Cup, and they are the team that has the best history here in this tournament of late, being semifinalists in Euro 2008. Of course, the last time that we saw the Czechs in this tournament, Petr Cech was embarrassed by Turkey, a team that really had no business even getting into the quarterfinals of Euro 2008. The Turks came back from down 2-0 to win 3-2, a lead that was blown to bits in a span of less than 15 minutes of play. The Czechs are here for some payback, but they know that they are going to have an uphill battle, especially in this fixture.

Russia vs. Czech Republic Schedule and Match Information
Russia vs. Czech Republic Match Date/Time: Friday, June 8th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Russia vs. Czech Republic Stadium: Stadion Miejski
Russia vs. Czech Republic on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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Russia vs. Czech Republic Match Odds: Russia -0.5 (+120)
Russia vs. Czech Republic Betting Line Total: 2 (Over -105)

The question here is going to be whether the Czech Republic is going to be able to slow down the Russian attack or not. What we have seen in the past is that Cech is one of the best net minders in the world. There really is no doubt about that. However, he was starting to show some cracks in Euro 2008, and he wasn’t at his best this year, even when he was totally healthy with Chelsea, though he was the net minder that won the 2011-12 Champions League crown this year. Still, this is a team that really doesn’t have all that much of an identity, whereas we absolutely know that the Russians are going to be sending tons of men forward under the direction of Manager Dick Advocaat, a Dutchman that has the offensive mentality that the rest of his country has as well.

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What we have seen of late from the Russians, we definitely have liked. They went on the road and beat the Italians in dominating 3-0 fashion just a week ago, and that came on the heels of beating the Danes 2-0 in Copenhagen back in February. This was a team that was able to score a ton of goals in qualifying against the lesser teams that it faced, including dropping six on Andorra, three on Armenia, and three on Ireland.

Meanwhile, what we have seen from the Czech Republic hasn’t been nearly as appealing. The team had to fight to a playoff to take on Montenegro to reach this point, and since then, the team has only played two fixtures. Surprisingly, Hungary bounced the Czechs 2-1 in the final tune up for Euro 2012, and that came on the heels a 1-1 draw in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland.

Russia vs. Czech Republic Match Preview & Analysis: We are really surprised that the Russian are in a position where they are only +120 to win this match. We think that they are going to get the job done with Arshavin in the end, and we are going to see the Czechs choke away yet another fixture at the end to put them behind the 8-ball right away.

Russia vs. Czech Republic Punting Tip: Russia (6/5) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Russia vs. Czech Republic Score Prediction: Russia 2 – Czech Republic 1

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Czech Republic European Cup 2012: Euro 2012 Odds & Group A Predictions

Petr Cech, Tomas Rosicky To Make One Last Stand For Czech Republic Euro 2012: In 1976, Czechoslovakia won the UEFA Euro Championship. Since that point, the team has had mixed reviews in this tournament, finishing as the runners up in 1996 and semifinalists in 2004. In 2000 and 2008 though, there were a number of failed attempts at getting out of the group stages. Now, the question is definitely worth asking whether the Czech Republic is finished being one of the European powers, a question that might be answered here at Euro 2012.

It took a win in a home-and-home UEFA Euro Cup playoff against Montenegro to get the Czechs into Euro 2012. Even that wasn’t the easiest task in the world, knowing that Montenegro is one of the up and coming soccer programs in Europe. A 3-0 victory over the course of the two matches though, proved to be more than enough to get the Czechs back into this tournament, though there is a real question as to whether or not the team is still going to have enough to get into the quarterfinals out of Group A, especially after getting clocked in the team’s last warm-up match for Euro 2012 in a 2-1 defeat at home against Hungary.

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

The big question is going to be the health of Tomas Rosicky. He has made the cut for the final team roster, and he is one of the most electric players that the Czech Republic has to offer. However, at 31 years old, especially off of the tremendously long and competitive year for Arsenal, Rosicky might have some troubles to face. The rest of this midfield just isn’t good enough to afford Rosicky not being in the fold, and it could all be bad news for the rest of the way for the Czechs if they don’t have one of their team leaders healthy.

Elsewhere offensively, there are definitely some stars, though those stars are aging quite a bit. Milan Baros is now 30 years old, and he is now out of the Premier League and playing at Galatarsaray. He has 40 career goals, the most for any Czech player, and he is going to be the man that has to make sure that he finds the back of the net for this team to get out of Group A.

But of course, in net, matters are a heck of a lot different. Petr Cech is one of the best net minders in the entire world, and he is going to be on display in this tournament for sure. The long-time Chelsea goalkeeper has 89 career appearances for his country, and he is going to be asked to carry the load in this tournament. Of course, the last time that we saw Cech in a European competition in 2008, he was allowing three fluky goals right at the end of regular time against Turkey that saw the Czechs booted out of the tournament in shocking fashion.

The schedule pans out well for the Czechs, as they are the last team that is going to have to take on Poland in Group A. Getting a point from Russia and three from Greece would be the ideal situation, and it is one that is entirely possible as long as Cech plays well in net. That being said, recent form has been suspect at best, as games against Ireland and Hungary just haven’t gone the way of the Czechs.

Czech Republic 2012 Euro Championship Tips & Euro 2012 Betting Odds: BetOnline Sportsbook is featuring the Czechs as the third choice on the board in Group A at +350. On top of that, the squad is one of the biggest underdogs on the board on the odds to win Euro 2012 at 60 to 1. We remain awfully concerned about Rosicky and the rest of the big players for this team, and if the defense isn’t going to be good enough to stop the Russians in that opening match, it could be a long, uphill battle just to get into the knockout round. Even if they do, the Czechs probably don’t stand much of a chance against Germany, Holland, or Portugal, all of which would be heavy favorites in this prospective quarterfinal matchup. Still, this is a nice price on a team that does have the talent, if it can get on a roll like Russia did four years ago, to make a lot of noise in this tourney.

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