Euro 2012 Quarter-Final Preview – Germany v Greece
Friday 22nd June 7.45pm
The Quarter-Final draw has brought together the only side with a one hundred per cent record in the final stages in Germany and the rank outsiders Greece. The Germans arrived at this tournament challenging the reigning European and World Champions Spain for favouritism and they have not disappointed.
Bet365 offers 1.95 on under 2.5 goals which we will put our money on. The Germans might struggle to score many goals against a strong Greek defence.
A superb headed goal by Mario Gomez was enough to defeat Portugal in their opening fixture and they followed up by seeing off the Dutch relatively comfortably. The final score of 2-1 rather flattered Holland who were outplayed for much of the game. Gomez put himself in line for the Golden Boot award for the tournament by adding two further goals against the Dutch. That left them needing only a point to seal their place in the quarter-finals against Denmark in Lviv but they needed all of their undoubted resolve to clinch a 2-1 victory. The winner came from Lars Bender who only got his opportunity in the side through the suspension of Jerome Boateng. Once again, Germany demonstrated their ability to turn moderate performances into winning results.
It has been a very different story for the Greeks. Completely overlooked by most pundits in the build up to Euro 2012, they began with a tricky encounter with co-hosts Poland. They looked doomed when a goal behind and down to ten men but somehow clawed their way back into the game and nearly won it. Their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals took a nosedive when they defeated 2-1 by the Czech Republic in Wroclaw. Once again, they left themselves with a mountain to climb when they fell two goals behind after just six minutes. A blunder by Petr Cech gave them hopes of finding a way back into the game but they could not find a second goal.
The Greeks then stunned the Russians in their final group game, a strike by Giorgos Karagounis proving decisive and sending Russia tumbling out of the tournament. It was a heroic performance from Greece, reviving memories of their sensational tournament win in 2004 when they were also big outsiders. Although Germany will obviously be strong favourites, they will be wary of a tenacious Greek side who have shown themselves capable of pulling off a shock win.
Bet365 see only one winner here with Germany rated 1-3 favourites. The draw is offered at 4-1 and Greece can be backed at 10-1 to pull off the shock of the tournament. Mario Gomez is 100-30 favourite to open the scoring by adding his fourth goal of the competition.