A clash of the heavyweights, two of Euro 2012’s biggest sides meet on Wednesday when Netherlands and Germany go head-to-head in Group B.
Netherlands were heavily-fancied going into the competition, but Bert van Marwijk’s men suffered a severe blow to their ambitions with a shock 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their opener. The Oranje were guilty of missing chances against the Danes, with the usually-lethal Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben in particular guilty of wasting excellent opportunities. Against the Germans Netherlands will not get as many chances to score, and as such the side’s attackers must take their opportunities when they arrive. Wesley Sneijder looked impressive in midfield in the last game, whilst Van Marwijk may well be tempted to start Klaas-Jan Huntelaar up front to add a bit of bite. Bwin have Netherlands as second best, giving them odds of 3.10 to get three points.
Germany rode their luck slightly against Portugal in their opener, but ended up winning 1-0 to put one foot into the knockout rounds. Joachim Low had a decision to make in who to start with up front, with the selection of Mario Gomez bearing fruit as the Bayern Munich hitman scored the only goal of the game. Mesut Ozil looked imperious in possession, whilst Bastian Schweinsteiger controlled the play for Low’s men. The Germans will be keen to top the group and a win on Wednesday will all-but eliminate one of their main competition rivals also. Bwin have Germany as favourites at odds of 2.20.
This will be an excellent match with great players on both sides, and Netherlands in particular will have to come out looking for a result. My Euro 2012 football betting tip is a 2-1 win to Germany, which Bwin have at odds of 10.50.
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