Germany and Holland go up against each other Wednesday evening in what looks to be the biggest game of Euro 2012 so far, as Paddy Power offer free bets and make the Netherlands long odds to defeat Joachim Loew’s side.
Both teams are hopeful of going all the way and lifting the trophy in Poland and Ukraine but got off to very different starts.
Germany will go into the match full of confidence after a 1-0 against Portugal. It wasn’t the best game of the tournament so far but the result is what matters and Joachim Loew will be delighted that his main goal threat Mario Gomez was on the score sheet.
The Germans were 3-0 winners when the two sides last met so they do know what it takes to beat the 2010 World Cup runners-up.
It now puts Loew’s men in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages but they will not be taking this game lightly. They will now be looking to rub salt in the wounds of Holland, beating them and possibly sending them out of the competition.
As for Holland, it was a tragic start to Euro 2012 for them as they went down 1-0 to Denmark.
This looked to be a banker for Bert van Marwijk’s and the most winnable game of the group stage for them. However, despite mustering 29 shots on goal, they could not find the back of the net.
For a team that prides themselves on their attacking ability, they will be concered that they could not convert so many chances.
The tournament is by no means over for Holland though. A win here would still put them in a good position to make the quarter-finals and they will feel as though the game against Denmark was a one off for them.
A lot of pressure is on the shoulders of Robin Van Persie and even though this is nothing new for him as he is the main man for Arsenal, he looked as though the occasion got the better of him. With the form he has been in though it is difficult to see him having another poor match.
This really does have the makings of a European Championships classic with so much at stake. Don’t miss this one.