Germany and Holland go head to head on Wednesday evening in what has the makings of being a classic encounter between two giants of European football, as Paddy Power make the Dutch side a big price of 2/1 to beat the tournament second favourites. Don’t forget to check our Paddy Power free bets page for more details.
Both sides are hopeful of going all the way in the tournament but go into the match in different spirits.
Germany will be delighted that they got their competition off to a winning start with a 1-0 win over Portugal.
Mario Gomez was on the scorer with a fantastic header with just twenty minutes to go. He has failed to deliver on the big stage for Bayern Munich this year so will have been over the moon to start Euro 2012 flying.
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Joachim Loew will know what a tough match this is for his side though, but they can go into it full of confidence and will see that a win could see them qualify for the quarter-finals.
Loew’s men have now put back to back wins together without conceding a goal so are in fantastic shape.
As for Holland, the confidence in the camp will be low after they were involved in the shock of the tournament so far when they went down 1-0 to Denmark.
Despite having 29 shots on goals, Bert van Marwijk’s men could not find the back of the net and were left extremely frustrated.
Robin Van Persie did not have a good game at all and at times looked as though he was fatigued from a long season with Arsenal. Van Persie didn’t look to be enjoying his football as much as he has in an Gunners shirt but the luck just didnt seem to be with the Dutch and a game against Germany could be alot different.
This now makes for a massive game for Holland and only three points will do. The Dutch did have a mass of chances and seemed to panic a little quickly after not finding the net.
Wesley Sneidjer did show glimpses of what he is capable of will want to impress.
However, van Marwijk will know that the Germans will be desperate for a win to potentially knock out one of their rivals to lift the trophy, however they didn’t exactly create plenty of chances in the game against Portugal and against better sides the Dutch could spring a surprise.
Kick off for this fascinating match is at 5pm on Wednesday.