Group B action on the Euro 2012 betting lines continues on Saturday, where two of the best teams in Europe, Germany and Portugal meet in an absolutely pivotal clash in Ukraine.
The Germans have been on a long and winding road over the course of the last decade or so. They have some oh so close to winning a major tournament, yet they have fallen short every single step of the way. It is heartbreaking to say the least for a squad that has been as good as any other team in the world in this stretch. Now, Manager Joakim Low and his band of men are up against it in Euro 2012. There is no doubt that they have one of the best teams in the world, but they are also in a devastating group that could find its way to bite the team in the backside. The good news though, is that this is something that the Germans are used to. They have been able to do damage against some of the best teams in the world, and why not? Miroslav Klose, Mario Lopez, and Lukas Podolski make up one of the best trios of strikers in the world, and the midfield is just chock full of talented squads, many of which play with each other at Bayern Munich or some of the other massive German club teams.
Portugal is the poor team stuck in the Group of Death that probably isn’t going to make it out alive. In any other situation, we would have penciled this team into the quarterfinals. Remember that it was only two tournaments ago that the Portuguese were in the finale of Euro 2004, though it must be noted that that tourney was played on their home turf. Cristiano Ronaldo was a young 19 year old at that point, and he was already one of the best players on that team. Now, he is 27, and he is ready to do it all by himself again. He has a good offense around him, but in the end, Ronaldo just might not have the goods to stick with teams full of the best players in the world. However, there is no denying that what he has done since joining La Liga and Real Madrid is unlike what we have seen with virtually every other player in the world. Can the rest of the team stand up to the quality that Ronaldo is sure to be putting forward? That’s the biggest question in the world. Remember that this is the same Portugal team that allowed four goals to Cyprus to open up qualifying for Euro 2012.
The Final Word: The Portuguese are going to get their moments of inspiration, but we just don’t know if they are good enough to really get anything out of this match against the Germans. In the end, expect to see the offensive onslaught for Germany prove to rule the day, and when that happens, we just don’t see Portugal being able to live to tell about it.
Germany vs. Portugal Prediction: Germany 3 – Portugal 1
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