The second European Championship quarter-final takes place in Gdansk on Friday evening, as 2004 winners Greece face a Germany side who are now favourites to lift the trophy on July 1st. The Germans topped Group B, and are the only side in the competition to qualify for the last eight with a 100% record.
Striker Mario Gomez is now the firm favourites to finish the tournament as top scorer, with 2.63 (13/8) the best price available, while Lukas Podolski, who scored whilst becoming the youngest ever European to win 100 international caps in Sunday’s win over Denmark, is a 51.0 (50/1) shot to win the Golden Boot. The 27 year old, who recently signed for Arsenal, is 7.0 (6/1) to get the first goal on Friday. Should he do so, he would tie with the legendary Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as the joint fifth highest all time goal scorer for Germany.
The three times European Champions go into this game as odds on favourites at 1.36 (4/11) whilst Greece are as high at 11.0 (10/1) to record what would be one of the all-time shock international results. The draw is 5.0 (4/1). 7
Greece’s 1-0 victory against Group A favourites Russia was enough to see them edge through to the quarter finals as runners-up to Czech Republic. The Greeks have lost just twice in their last twenty-four matches, yet they are undoubtedly the surprise package of the tournament so far. They last faced Germany in the qualifying stages of the 2002 World Cup; the Germans winning both home and away.
With the odds stacked in such favour for Germany, it is difficult to see past a victory for Joachim Low’s men, but with Greece so difficult to break, it might not be the whitewash some would expect. With this in mind, you might be tempted to take advantage of the 7.5 (13/2) offered by Ladbrokes for Germany 1-0 Greece.
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