Live on ITV1: Fri 19.45: At 9/4 via Betfred, Germany are joint favourites with Spain for Euro 2012 and with a quarter final against Greece on the agenda for Joachim Low’s men, the 2008 runners-up are expected to cruise through to the last four.
Paddy Power rate the Germans at 4/11 to get the better of the shock 2004 tournament winners, bet365’s 10/1 outsiders and Boylesports rate a draw at 17/4, a result that the Greeks would undoubtedly be happier with given that they will attempt to keep things tight in Gdansk.
In fact, with Germany’s attacking prowess in mind, Fernando Santos’ side will be determined to keep their opponents at bay, hoping to nick something at the other end and Skybet offer 12/1 for them to ensure the deadlock remains unbroken across 90 minutes.
However, while Greece can make life difficult for die Mannschaft, the latter should have too much quality going forward to be kept under wraps for the entire match and they look a decent bet to emerge victorious in the PGE Arena.
Stan James’ 14/5 for Germany to shade it by a one-goal margin will subsequently attract cash but if Low’s charges can manage to strike fairly early that could open things up and it could therefore be worth backing the Group B winners in Ladbrokes’ handicaps, where they’re even money when kicking off a goal in arrears.
The same bookmaker make die Mannschaft 6/1 to notch twice without reply but Germany haven’t exactly looked water tight at the back in their last couple of outings and it could be that both teams find the net, an outcome William Hill offer at 5/4 and on that basis, the correct score value lies with Coral’s 11/1, posted against a 3-1 German triumph.
Mario Gomez has helped himself to three goals in the tournament so far and it’s no surprise to see the Bayern Munich front man installed as BetVictor’s 7/2 favourite in the first scorer betting. Gomez meanwhile, is evens at Stan James to score at any point and it’s 3/4 with William Hill for the game’s opener to arrive inside half an hour.
Mario Gomez to score first – 7/2 (BetVictor)