The group of death start their first group stage matches on Saturday June 8th, and the Germany vs. Portugal game is one of the highlights of the first round. The two teams met in the Euro 2008 quarterfinals, which resulted in a 3-2 win for the Germans. What is going to happen this time?
Germany is arguably the best team in the tournament, many experts are picking them to lift the trophy. But Portugal will do everything they can to keep what seems to be an unstoppable German attack in check. One thing is for certain in this match, offense should be dominated by Germany, who scored 34 goals in 10 qualifying matches. Portugal struggled to score goals in qualifying. However, constantly going for goals can potentially cause problems for Germany, as it will open up their defense. The Germans have a slew of skill and young talent, but they also know how to play as a team, as 8 of them play together all year on Bayern Munich.
Portugal has some star power in Crisiano Ronaldo, and some additional skill with the likes of Nani, but that’s about it. These guys can send multiple balls toward goal, but Portugal lacks that star striker to finish those passes. Portugal recently dropped down to 10th place in the FIFA rankings for a reason, they just can’t seem to get it going lately. Nothing is clicking with this team, and we don’t expect them to be able to match Germany on any level. Cover Ronaldo, and 80% of the potency of Portugal is gone.
- Germany +110
- Draw +230
- Portugal +280
Germany should take this game, and eventually also win the group of death. Portugal will be no match for them in any department. Prediction, Germany wins 3-1.