Qualifying from Euro 2012’s Group of Death was always going to be difficult but after their late defeat to Portugal, Denmark find themselves in a virtual win-or-bust matchup against a side they haven’t beaten in a competitive fixture since 1992.
Though a draw could see the Danes through (at odds of 14/5), they would be reliant on a Dutch side who are in disarray beating Cristiano Ronaldo and company in Kharkiv (at 3/2). So the Danes are likely to come to Lviv looking for goals.
They will have to do just that against a German side who’ve made ‘dancing with death’ look easy so far with back-to-back wins against Portugal and Holland, in which all the goals came from Mario Gomez.
His three goals so far have put the Bayern Munich man in the box seat for the Golden Boot (for which he is 7/4 favourite) and ensured his starting place ahead of striking rival Miroslav Klose.
Having opened the scoring in Die Mannschaft’s first two games, as well as in the last Germany-Denmark encounter, it’s worth backing Gomez to open the scoring in this one at 333/100.
Combined with his 80 club goals over the past two seasons, Gomez looks the best option for an any time goalscorer punt as the 19/20 favourite, but there’s better value to be had from backing him in bwin’s other markets.
Having opened the scoring in Die Mannschaft’s first two games, as well as in the last Germany-Denmark encounter, it’s worth backing Gomez to open the scoring in this one at 333/100, while punters looking for even better returns can back ‘Super Mario’ as first scorer in a 1-0 German win at 18/1.
New customers using the free £25 bet they receive when registering with bwin would win a very tasty £475 if that scorecast came in.
However, Denmark have shown with three goals in their opening two games – and fighting back for a 2-2 draw in the above-mentioned 2010 friendly – that they pose a clear goal threat of their own.
Nicklas Bendtner’s double against Portugal showed that sometimes he can back up his own big talk and having got goals for Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby, a draw at Premier League champions Manchester City and the winner against Liverpool, it’s clear ‘The Great Dane’ is a man who thrives in high-profile games.
So with Denmark’s future in the competition at stake, it’s worth backing Bendtner to strike at any time at 5/2 as well as getting your money on Gomez.
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