Group B: Germany v Portugal preview
On Saturday, we have the opening matches in the Group Of Death. Holland take on Denmark in the earlier clash, then the three times European Champions Germany take on Portugal.
The Germans are 11/10 to win in ninety minutes, the draw is 21/10 and the Portuguese win is 11/4.
Germany were superb in their qualifying campaign and they won ten out of ten and they are my pick to win the competition (7/2).
They cannot take Portugal lightly, they have a wealth of talent and a world beater in Cristiano Ronaldo. He is a league winner with Real Madrid, takes the set pieces and is a proven goalscorer. He is 11/2 to open the scoring and 6/4 to score anytime.
Germany conceded five in a recent friendly against Switzerland and Portugal can take advantage of a suspect defence. Both teams to score is 4/5 and over 2.5 goals could be a good punt at even money.
If you think that the Portuguese are likely to spring a surprise, you can back them at 6/4 draw no bet and Portugal or the draw is 7/10 double chance.
However, in their final warm-up game, they crashed to Turkey 3-1 at home and they were booed off by their own fans. They will need to step-up their game against the Germans.
One player who is a big price to open the scoring is the Chelsea star Raul Meireles, he is 20/1 first scorer and 7/1 anytime. He has proved at Chelsea and Liverpool that he has an eye for goal and he will shoot from distance.
Germany have a wealth of talent and their star man could be Ozil, he plays for Mourinho at Real Madrid and he is the German Messi. He is quick on the ball, can shoot from anywhere and he has played at the highest level. He is 7/2 anytime scorer and 10/1 to open the scoring.
Even though Gomez, was the star German striker at domestic level last season. He is unlikely to start under Joachim Low, he prefers Klose (11/2,first scorer). Germany have a very fluid, attacking style of play and they will play off his touches and neat control.
Portugal have many fiery players and this is often seen in the Real Madrid line-up. Many of the opposing players have played alongside each other at some point in their career but you can expect the friendship to cease for ninety minutes.
Ronaldo winked in 2006 when his club mate Rooney was sent-off during England v Portugal in 2006 and Portugal most booking points looks a cert at 4/5. If you want to back a red card it is 3/1!