Originally Posted by LaMafiaNoPerdona
Russia to win group D @ 6.07 (3u)
I really believe that Russia can even reach semis at euro 2008. They have a very good squad with talented players and an excellent coach, Hiddink. I predict 2 wins, against Greece and Sweden, and draw against Spain. I also dont give so many chances to Spain to advance.
I wouldn't overestimate our squad lol
They are still under pressure that they haven't qualified from group stages for like 18 years.
There are several missings: Pogrebnyak, leading striker, injured in a friendly game vs Serbia. Arshavin, main midfielder and former captain of the team is suspended for 2 first matches due red card in the last qualifying game.
Absense of Pogrebnyak is a bad surprise though we have Pavlyuchenko who in a good form for a change, Hiddink organised midfield without Arshavin and it worked actually ok in friendlies.
Main worry is defense which is pretty slow.
Spain will be hard to beat as they have classier players. Still in friendlies Russia played pretty solid and worked good as a team, so we can pass through Greece and Sweeden.
We have a traditional good record versus Greece and pretty bad versus Sweden (though team of Sweden suffers bad times today, so we can pass them as well).
I guess if we qualify it will be from the 2nd place realistically.