Germany Portugal odds suggest tight win for Loew in Euro 2012 opener
Germany and Portugal go against each other in what is arguably the pick of the ties in this first round of fixtures in Euro 2012, as Bet365 report free bets and make the Germans odds against to take all three points.
It is a match that both sides are desperate to win and will feel they must get all three points from to progress from an extremely tough group.
Looking at Germany to begin with, they had a welcome return to form with their 2-0 win over Israel. This result came after back to back defeats.
Joachim Loew’s side do have a knack for reaching the latter stages of major tournaments, but have been the nearly men over recent years, something they will want to change this summer.
There is no doubt that Germany are a massive contender to lift the trophy in Poland and Ukraine, especially after their young squad from 2010 has developed and no doubt improved from two years ago.
Mario Gomez has to lead the line well for his side. Although he has had a great campaign for club and country, he has failed to impress in both finals he competed in for Bayern Munich. The 26-year-old has plenty to prove.
As for Portugal, massive pressure is on the shoulders of Cristiano Ronaldo. If they are to have any chance of a successful tournament, he has to be at his absolute best.
However, as much as Paulo Bento needs to build a side around Ronaldo, he must get the best out of players around him. Although he may be that good, you cannot rely on one man to win you a competition.
Bento’s men are not in the best of form either, they are without a win in three games and were beaten 3-1 by Turkey, a team that didn’t qualify for Euro 2012 last time out on home soil.
Portugal will know that the odds are against them progressing from their group but a positive result here would give them a massive chance.
This mouth-watering tie gets underway at 7.45pm on Saturday.