How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Germany 6/10, Draw 3/1, Poland 11/2 - Boylesports
- First Goalscorer: Thomas Muller 7/2, Mario Gomez 6/1, Robert Lewandowski 11/2 - SkyBet
- Half Time/Full Time: Germany/Germany 29/20, Draw/Germany 18/5, Draw/Draw 11/2 - BetVictor
- Germany’s 2-0 win over Ukraine in Lille may have looked like a routine victory on paper, but the world champions were made to work for their three points, conceding the second highest number of corners of any of the 24 teams at the competition so far. The blushes of Jochim Loew’s men were spared by a sensational goal line clearance from Jerome Boateng, sandwiched between two well taken goals coming courtesy of Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
- Poland recorded a 1-0 win over a stubborn Northern Ireland side to produce their first ever win at a European Championships. The Poles prevented the Green and White Army from having a single shot on target and it’s this defensive resilience that could help in their quest to halt the German juggernaut.
Germany possess a number of players that can hurt any team, but qualifying defeats to Ireland and, more importantly, Poland proved that this current crop of players are far from invincible. Nevertheless, with Manuel Neuer between the sticks the Poles may struggle, even with their free-scoring duo of Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik leading the line. SkyBet have the German stopper priced at 5/4 to keep a second consecutive clean sheet.
Poland are already treading fresh ground having picked up their first three points at the seventh time of asking in the European Championships, but the White Eagles will be determined to make it two with victory over their bitter rivals. Poland have only ever beaten their neighbours on one occasion, a 2-0 win in Warsaw that helped the Poles qualify for this very tournament. Coral have the Poland priced at 11/2 to grab the victory they crave.
This game may prove to be a battle of the forwards as Bayern Munich teammates Lewandowski and Thomas Muller face off. Bookmakers favour the German, with 888Sport offering odds of 13/10 that the striker will score at any time, while the Pole is priced at 39/19. With a first round of group games offering little to choose between many of the teams, the half time/full time market may prove to be a more lucrative option - BetVictor have Draw/Germany at odds of 18/5.
- Sports.net’s top tip: - First Goalscorer - Mario Gotze 6/1 PaddyPower