Euro 2012 Betting Preview – Denmark v Germany

June 16th, 2012 | Posted by in Euro 2012

Below we have further previews of the 2nd week of Euro 2012 where some important games will be played to see who will progress to the next round thanks to our friends at Sportingbet Australia. This Preview by GMorgan for the game Denmark v Germany.  Check out all the Euro 2012 betting odds from a number of European, Australian and International online sports books.

Group B

Denmark v Germany – Arena Lviv, Lviv – Sunday 17th June 2012

Denmark vs Germany – Betting Odds from leading bookmakers and Online Sportsbooks

Big on commitment, attacking intent and extravagant tattoos, it’s hard not to take a shine to Denmark who remain a decent chance of emerging from Group B despite their midweek defeat at the hands of Portugal.

Morten Olsen’s side now know that a draw against Germany in Lviv on Sunday could be enough to secure a last eight berth depending on the outcome of the Portugal – Netherlands clash and given the way they have performed in both their tournament outings to date, such a scenario cannot be completely ruled out.

Effective rather than spectacular, the Scandinavians defended doggedly to surprise the Dutch in their opening game and were within three minutes of securing a vital point against the Portuguese before Varela popped up to break their hearts.

Now they must re-focus their attentions upon stopping a German side who were irresistible in the first-half of their win over Netherlands and have already all but clinched their place in the knockout stage.

It promises to be a tough night at the office for the men in red and white, but they clearly relish their underdog status and if they can remain organised and disciplined and retain the high level of work rate and commitment that has become their trademark, Germany will have to work hard to beat them.

And the Danes have also shown that they have a few attacking tricks up their sleeve, with Nicklas Bendtner terrorising Portugal last time out, Michael Krohn-Deli impressing with his movement and Lars Jacobsen helping support the argument that attacking full-backs are becoming an invaluable commodity in international football.

But what they really need against the Germans is for Christian Eriksen to confirm his superstar potential by producing a match-winning performance on the biggest stage.

If the Ajax midfielder can outshine the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira and Thomas Mueller, his side may well join their near-neighbours in the Quarter-Finals and the 21-year-old himself will surely be catapulted into the football stratosphere.

Eriksen has been a little subdued thus far, perhaps weighed down by the level of expectation surrounding him, but should he explode into life on Sunday, the whole tournament would receive a boost.

In terms of early team news, Olsen will almost certainly be denied the services of defender Niki Zimling whose premature exit from the Portugal game seemed to unsettle the Danish rearguard for the rest of the opening period. Midtjylland man Jakob Poulsen is again expected to fill in at the back, with the rest of the line-up set to remain unchanged.

Germany, however, may opt to make several changes as coach Joachim Loew bids to strike a balance between resting some of his stars ahead of the Quarter-Finals and making sure that his side emerge as group winners.

Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez are among those players poised to be wrapped in cotton wool, with Miroslav Klose, Lars Bender, Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze vying to replace them in the run-on side.

With such quality replacement at his disposal, Loew shouldn’t feel too anxious about tinkering with his side which arguably produced the best football seen at the tournament thus far in the first-half of Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Netherlands.

The Dutch simply couldn’t cope with the pace and mobility of Germany’s attacking quartet and if the Danes allow themselves to be similarly pulled out of shape, they will be in for a long, long night.

Olsen’s charges also need to keep a close eye on Schweinsteiger who regularly rampaged forward from his holding midfield role last time out, laying on two assists for Gomez and generally creating mayhem among the Netherlands defence.

Defensively, Germany are yet to fully silence their doubters, but Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber seem to be forging a decent understanding at centre-back and with Schweinsteiger and the tireless Sami Khedira providing a comforting extra barrier just in front, the Danes will be hard-pressed to provide ‘keeper Manuel Neuer with any meaningful work.

The game will be played almost 20 years to the day since Denmark shocked the world by beating Germany to claim the European Championship title and from the five games played between the two countries since then, they have picked up two wins and a draw.

Historical omens aside, however, it’s not easy to make a strong case for the Danes securing a win or even a draw from this fixture. They will have the support of the neutrals and won’t die wondering, but Olsen’s likeable crew are almost certain to be on their way back to Copenhagen come Monday.

Prediction: Denmark 0-2 Germany

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