Fans have to wait only until day two of the action in Euros to see one of the marquis matches of the group stages. This match sees Germany take on fellow European powerhouse Portugal in the second game of Group B action on Saturday. This particular match up pits a young and speedy German team facing off against an experienced Portugal team.
The first team we have to talk about is Germany, it seems like every single year they are the team to beat and honestly this year is no different. We’ll start from the back and Germany is sporting an experienced starting goalkeeper in Manuel Neuer who has already proven himself on a world stage such as this. He has time and time again become a factor, and a positive one at that, for his national and club (Bayern Munich) sides. The story in the attacking third is a stark contrast to the rest of the German squad as you see a bit of experience and age show through. Lukas Podolski (27) and Miroslav Klose (33) are the go-to men up top, and this Euro Cup will really test the durability of their legs and their overall fitness in general. Throughout their storied career’s they have proven to be deadly in and outside of the area, and this is their first chance to prove that they haven’t lost a single step.
The German midfield and defense are quite young in comparison to their attacking comrades, and while many of the players remain untested, many more have quite a bit of experience under their belt; even at such a young age.
Portugal is a team that is still itching to avenge their 2004 loss in the Euro final. Some of these players were on the squad some 8 years ago, and those that weren’t most definitely remember the heartbreak. This year’s team, like many other will be fronted by world renowned superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. I do not need to speak of his exploits because they will likely speak for themselves on the field. What Portugal fans need to be worried about is the age of many of their players, particularly in the midfield. While players like Ricardo Quaresma and Raul Meireles have definitely proven themselves for their club and country in the past, this year many skeptics are calling their longevity into question. Portugal is going to have to count on their midfield to play the ball up to their superstar. A lack of midfield fluidity may mean death for Portugal in their opening match of Group B.
Coming in to this match, Germany is the favorite according to Bovada.lv as they currently sit at +105 on the moneyline. The underdog, Portugal is at +290 on the moneyline and a draw is sitting at +230.
As far as my prediction goes I am going to have to side with Germany. Their overall team chemistry and youth will be critical in outlasting Portugal. While the German attackers may be a bit aged, attacks do not always comes from your forwards, so you can expect a very attack-minded German midfield to overpower a weaker Portugese midfield and defense.
Pick: Germany to win (+105)