However, the Germans have a dream last eight tie against a Greece side that are as defensive as their 2004 predecessors although it’s doubtful that the Greeks can enjoy the same level of fortune eight years down the line, even if they did manage to successfully nullify Russia to claim a place in the knockout stage.
Germany are a best price 9/4 (bet365 £200 free bets) to win Euro 2012 and probably produced the most complete performance of the tournament against the Netherlands when winning the match 2-1, especially in the first hour of the game where the team’s passing was crisp and Mario Gomez’s finishing was sharp.
The co-favourites are a best price 4/11 (Paddy Power) to win Friday’s match although they might have to be patient against a Greece side that will be parking the proverbial bus and they demonstrated against Russia that defending is their key strength, although we should note that they have scored in all three games to date.
Mario Gomez is the joint-leading scorer for Euro 2012 after three games played and he is the hot favourite at 7/2 (BetVictor bookmaker) to break the deadlock in this match, although a goal might instead come from another source and it’s high time that Mesut Ozil broke his duck in this tournament, with the Real Madrid star a 10/1 chance to score first.
If Germany do get an early lead, then the floodgates could really open although we prefer the chances of them sneaking a late winner and winning the game 1-0 which is available to back at an attractive 13/2.
Greece have a tremendous team spirit after being on the wrong end of some poor officiating decisions at Euro 2012 thus far and they might be a tougher nut to crack than the odds suggest.
Denmark weren’t a million miles away from getting a favourable result against a German side that are admittedly strong and you can get a massive 10/1 with bet365 that Fernando Santos’ team claim victory inside the ninety minutes and 5/1 that they qualify for the last four.
Unfortunately for the Greeks, veteran midfielder and captain Giorgos Karagounis is suspended for this clash and there will be a reliance on Georgios Samaras to hold the ball up in attack as he did so well against Russia.
Samaras has not really earned rave reviews at Celtic although his hold-up play has been strong in this tournament and he is a massive 18/1 to score the first goal of this game and ensure there are plenty of nerves in the German camp.