Denmark are no slouches either and it would be dangerous to write off a side that finished above the Portuguese in qualifying and enter the tournament with nothing to lose from three tricky games in Ukraine.
The Danes are a 16/1 (Blue Square free bets) to win Group B which seems like an outrageous price considering that they are ranked 10 in the world by FIFA and certainly won’t suffer an inferiority complex despite a lack of star names which means that Nicklas Bendtner is regarded as the star man.
Saturday’s 2-0 win over Australia gives Morten Olsen’s side a confidence boost ahead of their Euro 2012 Group B opener against the Dutch and you can back the Scandinavian side at 5/1 (BetVictor) to qualify for the last eight.
Germany are unsurprisingly favourites to top the section based on an invincible qualifying campaign which saw Joachim Low’s side score a hatful of goals and the consensus is that this young German side are ready to start winning major tournaments.
It was indeed a bonus that Die Mannschaft were able to enjoy such an impressive World Cup campaign which included big wins over England and Argentina considering that Low was assembling a young progressive side ready to shine in future tournaments.
Many will be backing the Germans at 6/5 (Boylesports free bets) to claim a Group B success which would put them in a strong position considering the winner of this section will play the runners-up of Group A at the last eight stage.
Mario Gomez will be lining up in attack, although goals can come from several sources, including Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller. It is for this reason that firms are taking no chances with their quote about Germany qualifying and 2/7 is available here.
As for the Netherlands, this is a team packed with talented players although most of them play in offensive positions for the Dutch and the concern is that Bert van Marwijk won’t let the star players shine as he looks to play a defensive style which saw them win few fans when claiming a place at the 2010 World Cup final.
Even so, with an opening game against the Danes giving an opportunity to land maximum points, Holland are a 2/1 chance (Coral bookmaker) to win Group B and heavy odds-on to qualify.
Portugal won’t mind being underdogs of sorts and Paulo Bento’s experienced side are ready to cause a ripple at this tournament, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo able to cause damage when playing against any team.
As always, there seems to be a dearth of strikers in this squad although odds of 9/2 (Blue Square) seems too big about a team who comfortably beat Spain in a friendly a few months ago.