The Spoiler’s Denmark v Portugal and Holland v Germany picks
Denmark to defy expectations again, Holland and Germany to thrill
Our Greece win tip looked as comical as the defending for the second goal as Czech Republic darted into a 2-0 lead in six minutes on Tuesday, but Poland and Russia claimed that money back by both kindly scoring. Can Group B’s juggernauts launch us into a rarely-trod territory called profit?
Denmark v Portugal
The Spoiler is employing everyone-loves-a-hypocrite logic with a drastic shift from deriding Denmark as making-up-the-numbers fodder before the tournament to tipping them to avoid defeat against the Portugal side we foresaw reaching the quarter-finals.
Why? They’ve got the power, with Portugal realistically requiring a victory, and three points might not only ease the tension as their collision course with Germany begins, but present the Danes with an unimaginable opportunity to finish top.
Their defence, required to excel in front of an unremarkable goalkeeper, impressed against Holland and – based on their opener – shouldn’t face as sustained pressure from Portugal, who they beat in qualifying and whose preparations are being sabotaged by whispers that coach Paulo Bento has fallen out with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Spoiler says: Denmark to draw or win on the double chance at 10/11
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Holland v Germany
The Spoiler was steering the sparsely populated bandwagon for Holland winning Euro 2012 and Germany being surprise group-stage casualties. The opening weekend’s exploits punctured that confidence, though the presence of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the starting line-up might re-inflate it.
Instead, for our selection here, we’re going to ignore the trend of Group B games thus far and trust the biggest match of the competition to date to deliver in the entertainment stakes, with no clean sheets in sight in Kharkiv.
Five of the last six meetings between this magnificent duo concluded in such a fashion, those encounters averaging a handsome three goals. Holland have mustered only two clean sheets in their last six fixtures, while Germany have conceded in 12 of their last 15.
The Spoiler says: Both teams to score at 4/5
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