The first round of Euro 2012 fixtures are just days away and one of the pick of the ties looks to be Germany v Portugal, As Paddy Power make Joachim Loew’s side favourites to win at evens.

We bring you the latest odds on what should be a fascinating tussle from Group B featuring two exciting sides.

It will be a tough task for either side to progress to the knockout stages as Group B looks to be the toughest to get out of.

Germany have been given the tag of the nearly men in recent years as they have finished in third place or as runners-up in the last three major tournaments, but they have been in impressive form, particularly in qualifying, winning all ten games in their qualifying group.

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They have the know how to get to the latter stages but can’t seem to get over the final hurdle. Joachim Loew will want his men to hit the ground running and build momentum for the knockout stages.

The Germans are fantastic going forward with the likes of Mezit Ozil and Thomas Muller providing support for Mario Gomez and the Arsenal bound Lukas Podolski, who will be given the task of leading the line.

The Bayern Munich striker is in the form of his life, with 22 goals in 52 games for his country, the stage could be set for him to explode onto the European stage.

If the Germans are to taste victory, however, Loew must organise his defence.

His full-backs love to get forward but they cannot leave the team exposed and vulnerable to a counter attack, and with Nani marauding down the flanks Philip Lam could be in for a torrid night. He should be ably assisted by Bayern Munich’s Holger Badstuber’ who will marshall the heart of the back four.

You can back them at evens to start with a victory.

As for Portugal, there is no doubt they have the talent in their squad to enjoy a successful time at Euro 2012, however their recent form suggests that they could struggle.

Paulo Bento’s men have failed to win in their three friendly matches leading up to the competition and were beaten comfortably by Turkey on home soil last time out.

A lot of hopes for Portugal rely on Cristiano Ronaldo taking his form for Real Madrid last season into the championships. Ronaldo has not proven himself in a major tournament, something many people are suggesting he must do if he is to be considered one of the best players around.

It will be up to Chelsea’s Raul Meireles and Porto star Joao Moutinho to curb the threat of Mezut Ozil and Thomas Mueller in midfield, while Real Madrid star Pepe will marshall the defence.

Bento’s side are the outsiders for this encounter with odds 7/2 on taking all three points.

  • Best Bet : Get on Germany’s free scoring midfielder Thomas Muller to find the net anytime. He is a value looking 23/10 with Paddy Power and should net us a tidy profit for the weekend.