If last Saturday night’s Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea proved anything, I think it is probably time that we give it a rest with all the German stereotypes.
As England held its collective breath as – shock horror – a German team lost a penalty shoot-out, it won’t have escaped the more shrewd football watchers that the German national team have been defying their reputation for some time.
Forget ‘professional’, ‘efficient’, ‘hard to beat’ and all the other clichés that messrs Hansen and Shearer will no doubt be trudging out during their unfathomably ill-informed punditary this summer: Joachim Low’s Germany are a completely different breed and in my opinion rightly head the betting for Euro 2012.
This German side contains so much attacking flair, so much fluidity and a threat on the counter like few other sides in the European Championships that even given their difficult group (Holland, Portugal and Denmark) they are many people’s fancies, and a run of only three defeats in 25 games is evidence enough that this team can take the logical step for semi-finalists in South Africa and beaten finalists in the last Euros and go one better.
Seven of Germany’s last nine games have seen over 3.5 goals, and 27 for Germany alone.
Germany go to Switzerland for their first warm-up match and have been rightly chalked up as favourites. You can get 7/10 with bwin for them to pick up a win, with the hosts 73/20 outsiders and the draw at 27/10.
As England know from qualifying, Switzerland are a decent outfit and organised enough, but lack a creative spark and will struggle against this fine German side. Even though Low has used the last few friendlies to experiment with different formations – it accounted for a poor start in their 3-3 draw against Ukraine – I expect the wholesale experimentation to stop and their business face to be on show and I don’t see any mercy for the poor Swiss.
Germany have been immaculate on the road – they haven’t lost an away fixture (non-tournament) since February 2006 – and will beat a Swiss side who have posted a patchy 2-1-2 in their last five.
Seven of Germany’s last nine games have seen over 3.5 goals – 27 for Germany – so instead of the 7/10 take the 3/2 for the same outcome but with over 2.5 goals.
Recommended bet: Germany to win with over 2.5 goals @ 3/2
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