Coming into their final match of Group B, better known as the group of death, Germany and Denmark are still not sure of their future. Germany is at the top of the group with 6 points, but Portugal and Denmark are still lurking with 3 points apiece. The Dutch are essentially eliminated, having 0 points and a -2 goal differential. Many are wondering whether the Germans will field a full squad or if they are going to relax a bit against an opponent who really should not give them too much trouble. Denmark is going to get some goals early to put the Germans on their heels, a tie will simply not be good enough for the Danes.
In their last 3-2 loss to Portugal, Denmark’s star striker Nicklas Bendtner was able to net 2 goals after having none in the first match. Unfortunately, Bendtner’s 2nd goal was outdone by Portugal’s Varela in the 87th minute, sealing the win for the Portugese. Denmark can get a result against the bigger sides but getting 3 points from Germany is never going to be an easy endeavor. The thing that Denmark really has to avoid in this match is getting off to a slow start. Against Portugal they were down 2-0 before 40 minutes, and went in to halftime down 2-1. They showed that they can score goals, but if you score less than you concede you are clearly never going to win. Daniel Agger is going to have to organize his defense and perform a lot better on Sunday than they did against Portugal.
Germany should be feeling fairly comfortable coming into their final group B match considering they have 6 points out of a possible 6 and a goal differential of +2. The real deciding factor for this game will be whether Germany fields the strongest possible side or if they are going to take it easy and let some of the younger guys get a chance to play. Germany should also consider attacking through someone other than Mario Gomez, the player who has all three goals for Germany thus far. The thing about Germany is that they do not really do anything out of the ordinary in order to score goals, they simply play solid football the whole way up and down the field. Manuel Neuer has had a strong showing up to this point and he has only conceded one goal. Even if the Germans field a weaker squad I still feel like they have the firepower to beat the Danes.
According to Bovada.lv the Germans are the favorite and are sitting on the moneyline at -160. The underdog Danes are a staggering +525 and a draw is +260.
I think that the Germans are going to get 9 points out of 9 and ensure their winning of Group B. They have a stronger all around squad and will be too much for a Danish side that has multiple holes in it.
Pick: Germany To Win (-160)