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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Euro 2012 - Group B Betting Preview

Euro 2012 - Group B - Betting Preview

The Netherlands are the "seeded" team in Group B, but will clash with powerhouse Germany in a much anticipated match in the Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, and 3 matches are to be played in Arena Lviv, Lviv.

Netherlands: 13/2 for Tournament, 15/8 to win Group and 4/9 to qualify

The Dutch side were magnificent winners of the Tournament back in 1998 and have reached the last eight in each of the last six competitions; the Oranje won their first nine games in qualification before going down 3-2 to fellow Finalists Sweden.

The Netherlands lost a friendly in Germany before beating England at Wembley since qualifying for the Euro 2012 Finals.

Holland were runners up to Spain in the 2010 World Cup Final and star studded squad includes EPL Footballer of the Year Robin van Persie and Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben; one of the favourites to land the Henri Delaunay Trophy for a second time although they must first get out of the “Group of Death”.

Germany: 11/4 for Tournament, Evens to win Group and 2/9 to qualify

Germany are second favourites behind holders Spain and three time winners in 1972, ’80 and ’96 - which makes Germany the most successful country in European Championship history;

Germany had a perfect record in qualification although they did lose a recent friendly to France in Bremen.

Coach Joachim Low has called up eight members of the Champions League finalists Bayern Munich to his provisional 27-man squad with Arsenal bound Lukas Podolski joining fellow Gooner Per Mertesacker in a formidable looking array of talent. Germany lost out by a single Torres goal to Spain in Euro 2008 Final in Vienna, and in the World Cup semi-final in Durban (Puyol) two years ago; so the Germans will think they are due a change of luck.

Portugal: 20/1 for Tournament,, 4/1 to win Group and 13/10 to qualify

Beaten finalists in 2004 but, not for the first time, unimpressive in qualification before thrashing Boznia & Herzegovina 6-2 in the play-offs to book their place in the finals back in November.

Coach Paulo Bento has lots of talent at his disposal including Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United winger Nani but they have flattered to deceive in the past and are 13/10 to make it out of the Group stages.

Denmark; 100/1 for Tournament, 20/1 to win Group and 6/1 to qualify

Inspired by Peter Schmeichel the Danes won the 1992 Tournament in Sweden despite the fact that they didn’t originally qualify for the eight team event, gaining a late entry as a result of the war in Yugoslavia.

Finished top of Group H, which included Portugal and Norway, in qualification and should not be underestimated but could have been more fortunate with the draw! Plenty of household names in the squad including Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, Arsenal’s Sunderland loanee Nicklas Bendtner and Stoke’s Thomas Sorensen.

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All odds are taken from BetVictor as at May 23rd.

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