Both teams impressed in their opening to matches but Russia storm in to this one as favourites for both tonight's encounter and progression from the group stages after recording the biggest victory of the tournament so far in their opening day match against supposed group contenders Czech Republic. Though it only appeared in patches Poland managed some competent attacking displays but were often let down by poor passing and slack defending in their opening draw with Greece, it's safe to say they will need to improve greatly if they hope to muster a stronger threat than the poor Greek side who they were one penalty miss away from losing to. All in all this promises to be an interesting affair, Russia's potency and apparent ease with their football should surely lead them to troubling the sometimes lacklustre Polish defence, however if Poland can tighten their act together they could just challenge Russia who look like they could run away with Group A.
Sczesny is suspended for the Poles whilst Russian Striker Kerzhakov is likely to be replaced after one of his 8,769 wayward shots finished orbiting Jupiter and plummeted down on his little toe rendering him incapable of playing. (This may or may not be true, it can not be confirmed or denied).