The Group of Death could be fairly straightforward if Denmark beat Portugal in Lviv, with Morten Olsen’s team having previously finished ahead of the same opponents in qualifying thanks to a better set of results against the lesser teams.
A Danish victory can be backed at 3/1 (Coral free bets) which doesn’t look a bad shout considering that the Scandinavians will be buzzing after that slightly fortunate win against the Netherlands which saw the Dutch miss several decent chances after Michael Krohn-Dehli had broken the deadlock.
The Danes did ride their luck for much of the contest in Kharkiv, although they don’t need to commit men forward in this game and a draw would suit them very nicely going into the final match against Germany where defeat might still keep them in the competition. Odds of 12/5 (bet365 £200 free bets) are available about this match ending all square.
Portugal clearly had a game plan against the Germans and it was working a treat for 72 minutes, with Mesut Ozil not allowed to have the freedom of the pitch and the supply line to Mario Gomez cut off until Sami Khedira manage to whip the ball on to the head of the Bayern Munich forward to ensure the Portuguese went home empty-handed.
Paulo Bento’s side surely need to win this game in order to stay alive at Euro 2012 and they are warm favourites at 21/20 (Paddy Power bookmaker) to triumph as the manager sets them up to attack their opponents rather than defend in numbers.
Perhaps this is a match where Cristiano Ronaldo explodes into life and he will hope to be afforded the same space that Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie enjoyed despite profligate finishing letting them down. The Real Madrid forward is hot favourite at 5/1 (Stan James free bets) to score the opening goal of the game and that looks like value.
Portugal could yet make an impact at Euro 2012 although their tendency to be defensive against the so-called better teams is clearly a problem and the manager doesn’t have much time to change the mentality within the ranks, although odds of 9/4 about the Iberian side winning to nil look quite tasty considering the Danes didn’t fashion too many chances.
Krohn-Dehli will be hoping to make it two from two and the Brondby forward is a 12/1 chance to score the opening goal, while the talented Nicklas Bendtner is available at a shorter 9/1.