Holland will be desperate to banish the memories of their disappointing defeat to Denmark on Wednesday evening when they take on the mighty Germany, as Paddy Power report plenty of punters are piling on the Dutch to heap a Euro 2012 nightmare on the Germans.
The Dutch were expected to secure a comfortable victory over Denmark in their opening game of Euro 2012, but they were on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat and now they have it all to do.
- BEST BET : Get on the Netherlands to bounce back at the expense of the German side at a massive price of 2/1 with Paddy Power – The Germans created very little despite their narrow win over Portugal. We expect Holland to get it right on the night.
Having been third favourites to win the whole tournament, they are now 2/1 to qualify from Group B, making them the outsiders to progress with two games to go.
You can see why too. Beating Denmark was supposed to be the banker and now, with no goals and no points on the board, Holland must take on Germany and Portugal.
There is no doubt that they are capable of winning on Wednesday though and they will be hoping that the defeat to Denmark was simply a wake up call.
After dominating most of the match, they failed to take their chances and they can ill afford this to be a pattern that continues.
In reality though, it wasn’t just the Dutch forward line that disappointed on Saturday. The defence looked extremely vulnerable at times and this is a worrying sign ahead of a game with Germany.
One spark of light however, is that Germany didn’t exactly set things alight going forward compared to the Netherlands, who literally did everything apart from score.
As for the Germans, they got the job done in their opening game without being at their best. A 1-0 victory over Portugal was achieved thanks to Mario Gomez’s late header and now the aim is to make it two wins from as many games, but of course the Netherlands will be a much tougher prospect.
Joachim Loew’s men are odds-on to progress from Group B of course and they will not want this to change after this meeting with Holland.
Not only could they confirm their place in the knockout stages with a win here, but they could knock out a Holland side that were expected to challenge for the win this summer. This would be massive for Germany and the tournament as a whole.
Things do not always go according to plan however, and we can’t ignore the massive price of 2/1 on the Netherlands to steal victory. Wesley Sneidjer showed what he is capable of in midfield and we Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie must be backed to find the net after missing plenty of chances in their opening game.
This is what Euro 2012 is all about and this epic encounter between two European giants gets underway at 7.45pm on Wednesday evening.