Euro Group B Preview and Prediction
Germany are the big favorites to win Group B with Holland not far behind and Portugal has a dangerous squad while Denmark are the big underdog in the group. All of the groups in the Euro except Group A are very strong, but Group B may be the Group of Death since all teams are ranked in the top 10 according to FIFA.
Germany (2.20 at Will Hill) is stacked and they are very young, but still won all 10 of their Euro qualifying matches. One of the reasons Germany has the best odds to win the group and the 2nd best odds to win the Euro is that they play well as a team since 8 starters come from Champions League runner-up Bayern Munich.
Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose are feared strikers and Gomez has the best betting odds to score the most goals in the competition. Philipp Lahm is their best defender and it will be a big blow if Bastian Schweinsteiger does not recover from his injury.
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The Netherlands (2.85 at Will Hill) has a great squad and they have an especially scary offense, which scored the most in the Euro qualifying. Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar lead the potent offense. Wesley Sneijder needs to forget about his terrible Serie A campaign with Inter Milan and be solid in the mid field.
The Dutch has the offense, but their defense is the main issue. Still, if they can play decent defense and their offense keeps firing on all cylinders Holland will be dangerous. The Netherlands only lost one match in Euro qualifying and that was their last match when they already qualified.
Portugal (5.50 at Will Hill) has one of the best, if not THE, best goal scorers in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, but is that a good thing? The club is solid, but sometimes they rely on their star too much instead of playing team soccer. Ronaldo and Luis Nani have to play well on the flank and the solid MF trio of Raul Meireles, Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso has to set up goal scoring chances for the strikers.
The Portuguese defense struggled in Euro qualifying, but they do have an up and coming G in Rui Patricio from Porto. Portugal has the talent, but they also tend to struggle against physical teams, which both Germany and Holland are.
Denmark (19.00) has long odds to make it out of Group B, but they are a solid squad that is ranked 7th in Europe and recently beat Portugal and played to a draw against Germany. They have a solid 3-man defense and an attacking midfield, but there will be a lot of pressure on young Ajax striker Christian Eriksen, who is one of the best prospects out of Denmark for some time.
Prediction: Portugal and Denmark are solid, but Germany and Holland are simply too strong and both with make it out and I think the winner of the match between the 2 will determine who wins the group.
Here are the betting odds to win Group B at Bovada
Group B Match Schedule
June 09- Holland vs. Denmark
June 09- Germany vs. Portugal
June 13- Denmark vs. Portugal
June 13- Holland vs. Germany
June 17- Portugal vs. Holland
June 17- Denmark vs. Germany