Euro 2012 - Czech Republic v Poland Preview

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RosickyPoland take on the Czech Republic in Group A's crucial match, with the winner guaranteed a place in the quarter finals. Both teams have injury concerns ahead of the fixture, but with the pressure on Poland (6/5 To Beat Czech Republic), who must win in order to progress, they will be hoping for an extra slice of luck on Saturday evening.

Midfielder Eugen Polanski (33/1 To Score First) is top of the list of worries, but Polanski is confident of making a recorvery and believes the team have enough between them to move forward, saying: "We know that we can do something special for our fans and the country. This is the most important game in my career. This whole tournament is extremely important. All the preparation, all the training, four weeks of preparation, we are here for five weeks in total, and we want to demonstrate that we can give everything. If we give 100% of ourselves, we will win definitely tomorrow."

Line-up wise, doubts surround the fitness of defender Damien Perguis and Dariusz Dudka in midfield, with manager Franciszek Smuda commenting: "If we had no problems with injuries, I would really like to use the same line-up as we had against Russia, but maybe those injuries will impact our decision and we'll have to make some changes." Wojciech Szczesny is expected to return in goal following his sending off against Greece.

The Czechs (5/2 To Beat Poland) aren't without injury woes of their own, with captain Tomas Rosicky touch-and-go for inclusion in the squad. Rosicky (22/1 To Score First) missed the side's last training session, saying: "It's getting better but we decided that I will not train tonight and we will wait until tomorrow." The side will be boosted by the news that Petr Cech has recovered from a shoulder problem and will be fit to face the Poles.

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