Its Wednesday in Euro 2012 as we see a titanic clash between Germany v Holland, with Paddy Power announcing a free bets money back special if Mario Gomez scores against the Netherlands, while the other game features Christiano Ronaldo’s Portugal v Denmark.
For the Netherlands, nothing short of a victory will do.
Bert van Marwijk’s side misfired to a single goal defeat against Denmark in their opening game, with strike partners Robin Van Perise and Arjen Robben coming in for plenty of criticism for fluffing a bagload of chances in front of goal.
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The defeat was seen as catastrophic for Bert van Marwijk, however Wesley Sneidjer showed glimpses of being back to his best in midfield, and its very seldom that Robin Van Persie misses that many chances two games in a row.
This could be bad news for Germany, who won their opening game over Portugal without creating too many chances in front of goal, and they may find the Netherlands have too much firepower in the final third.
Portugal will be determined to bounce back from defeat to Germany on Wednesday evening when they take on a Denmark in a crucial Group B clash at Euro 2012.
The Portuguese went down 1-0 to Germany in their opening game, but it was far from a disastrous result, certainly compared to Holland who lost to Denmark in their first match of the tournament.
It does make Wednesday evening’s fixture extra important for Portugal though. This is a must win, otherwise they could be on their way home from Poland and Ukraine much earlier than hoped.
Their problem in recent weeks has been clear. They are reasonably solid at the back, but going forward, they just can’t find their form. Three games in the last four have ended without Portugal finding the back of the net.
This is despite the best efforts of Cristiano Ronaldo who quite clearly needs some help. You could argue that there are many teams he can beat on his own, but someone else to take the pressure off would be pleasant for him.
Overall, Portugal’s chances of progressing to the knockout stages are far from over, but it does all hinge on how they get on in their second game. You can back them to beat Denmark at 21/20, making them favourites for victory.
This is not something that will intimidate Denmark though. They were massive underdogs against Holland in their opening game, but got an early goal and managed to hold on against the odds.
Now it is time for Morten Olsen’s men to do the same again. At 10/11 to progress from the group, they have an excellent chance to emerge from what is widely considered as the toughest group in the competition.
They will certainly be keen to ensure that the victory over Holland wasn’t just a one-off too. Much of the attention after the game was on Holland’s failings, but the Danes will want to get some deserved credit after Wednesday’s game.
As mentioned though, they are the underdogs at 3/1 to beat Holland, but with their confidence extremely high, it should be an extremely competitive and fascinating encounter.