Andrey Arshavin
Andrey Arshavin is likely to play a crucial role in Russia's contest with Poland in Warsaw. Reuters

When and where: The Group A matchup kicks-off from the National Stadium in Warsaw at 2.45 p.m. ET. Live coverage will be provided by ESPN, with a live stream available on ESPN3.

Preview: After taking a point from their opening match, co-hosts Poland go into their contest with Russia needing a positive result to keep home hopes alive of reaching the quarter-finals.

It was very much a mixed performance from Franciszek Smuda's side against Greece on Friday. In the first-half the side was dominant, with Lukasz Piszczek and Jakub Blaszczykowski causing all kinds of problems down the right and their Borussia Dortmund teammate Robert Lewandowski a menacing presence in front of goal.

But in the second-half, despite their opponents being down to 10 men, Poland surrendered their advantage and by the end were fortunate to escape with a draw. With Wojciech Szczesny also sent off in a half to forget, penalty-saving substitute Przemyslaw Tyton will be in goal against Russia.

If the Poles can reproduce the confidence and energy from that opening period then they will be hopeful of giving Russia ample problems in Warsaw.

Dick Advocaat's men will start as favorites, however, after giving one of the performances of the competition so far in a 4-1 win against Czech Republic.

The front three of Alan Dzagoev, Andrei Arshavin and Alexander Kerzhakov linked up to pierce through the Czech's backline time and again and will be a threat for most sides on that form.

Yet Kerzhakov still earned plenty of criticism after wasting several chances before his replacement Roman Pavlyuchenko came on and scored a fine late goal.

All indications, though, are that Advocaat will stick with the Zenit St Petersburg man; an understandable decision giving his overall contribution.

Poland (probable, 4-2-3-1)

G: Tyton

D: Piszczek, Perquis, Wasilewski, Boenisch

M: Polanski, Murawski

Blaszczykowski, Obraniak, Rybus

F: Lewandowski

Russia (probable, 4-3-3)

G: Malafeev

D: Anyukov, Berezoutsky, Ignashevich, Zhirkov

M: Zyryanov, Denisov, Shirokov

F: Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin

Prediction: Poland's defensive midfield duo of Eugen Polanski and Rafal Murawski should help ensure that Russia does not enjoy the same space to run riot as they did against the Czechs. While Dzagoev has garnered many of the headlines, keeping tabs on influential midfielder Roman Shirokov will also prove crucial.

The key battle could well be down Poland's right flank, where the combination of Piszczek and Blaszczykowski is the biggest strength in the side. If coach Smuda is adventurous in allowing Piszczek to push forward, despite the threat of Arshavin cutting in from the left, then Poland could get some real joy up against the attack-minded Yuri Zhirkov. Conversely, Advocaat will be hoping that if Arshavin can play with the same energy and style as he did on Friday then he could be the crucial element in securing another three points.

But, spurred on by a vocal home support against their fierce local rivals, Poland should at least manage to get a point that they desperately need to keep their Euro dreams alive.

Poland 1-1 Russia