The second quarter final of Euro 2012 takes place on Friday evening as Germany and Greece go head for a place in the semi-final, as Paddy Power report punters are continuing to pile into the Germans and announce that they will refund bets should Mario Gomez score first for Joachim Loew’s side.
Germany are now the favourites to win the whole tournament of course after they secured three victories in as many games during the group stages.
Joachim Loew’s men were victorious in all of their qualification matches for Euro 2012 too, so they are definitely in a good place right now.
Their front six players are a joy to watch too and in Mario Gomez, they have a striker on top of his game in front of goal.
A key for the Germans will be to make sure they haven’t yet shown their best form in this tournament. They have been almost flawless so far, but this will count for nothing if they crash out in the knockout stages.
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Many of their players are reaching the peak of their career too, so after a few years as the nearly men of international football, they will be planning to go all of the way this time around.
Standing in their way is a Greece side that has already upset the odds this summer. Going into the final game of Group A, not many people gave them a chance of progressing to the knockout stages.
Fernando Santos’ men put in a tremendous performance when it mattered most though, defeating Russia 1-0 to take their place in the last eight at the expense of their opponents.
It was the type of performance that reminded people of their Euro 2004 success and they will definitely be targeting a similar display against Germany. Being resolute at the back and hitting teams on the counter attack is what they do.
This is a massive test for them though against arguably the most dangerous attacking force in the entire tournament. There have been plenty of shocks so far though, so Germany may be favourites, but anything can happen from 7.45pm on Friday.