Joachim Low seemed almost prepared to forsake the 2010 World Cup in order to build a young and dynamic national side although his team did very well in South Africa, thrashing Argentina and England before bowing out at the semi-final stage against Spain.
The team that performed so well two years ago is largely the same although Mats Hummels in central defence is someone who should ensure the Germans are harder to score against, while the club form of Mario Gomez means the manager has a conundrum over whether to pick Miroslav Klose or the Bayern Munich forward.
Die Mannschaft are an even money chance (bet365 £200 free bets) to beat the Portuguese in what should be a fascinating encounter, with Germany full of goals although we should probably expect their opponents to set up defensively in a bid to stop the likes of Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil from playing.
Portugal will clearly consider this match to be the toughest of the three in Group B and a draw would represent a good start, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Co managing to hold Brazil to a goalless draw two years ago at the World Cup which effectively meant that they went through at the expense of the Ivory Coast.
Therefore, the 5/2 (BetVictor) about the match ending all square looks an attractive bet, with Ronaldo and Nani looking to feed off scraps and drive forward although there remains the usual concern about a lack of quality forward, something which has always been a problem for this country.
Portugal needed a play-off to reach the Euro 2012 finals although Ronaldo is someone capable of winning a match singlehandedly and he is a 6/1 chance (Paddy Power) to score the opening goal which isn’t a bad shout when you consider the Real Madrid forward will take penalties, free-kicks and dribble past the opposition at will.
However, No Goalscorer also catches the eye considering that Paulo Bento’s side won’t be desperate to attack this German side and leave themselves exposed in the process. João Moutinho and Raul Meireles are experienced when it comes to keeping things tight in front of a defence marshalled by Pepe.