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With both teams having massive ambitions to go far in this competition, this really is a crucial game. Neither side will want to start with a defeat, especially with games against the much fancied Holland and hard to beat Denmark to come.
Looking at Germany to begin with, they are definitely many people’s pick for success this summer. Their attacking options are extremely impressive and they appear to have the knowhow when it comes to progressing in major tournaments.
Having said that, they have been the nearly men in recent years with no trophy collected since Euro 1996. In the World Cup they have been third place on the last two occasions, while they were the runners-up at the European Championships four years ago.
This is something Joachim Loew will be desperate to put right this summer. Victory over Portugal this weekend needs to be the start of a successful campaign for them.
As for Portugal, they too will be aware of how important this match is for them. Qualifying for the knockout stages will feel like a long way away if they are on the losing side this weekend.
Therefore, they must be positive and hope that Cristiano Ronaldo can guide them to three valuable points. The Real Madrid forward is the main man for Portugal and there is no doubt that the team is built around his qualities.
Portugal need to make sure they are not overly reliant on the former Manchester United man, but there is no doubt they need him to fire if they are to have an enjoyable time in Poland and Ukraine.
Overall, this should be a cracking match. Germany are always positive in their approach – sometimes leaving themselves exposed at the back – while Portugal will attack through Ronaldo, who is arguably the best player in the world right now.
Looking at the odds, Germany are the favourites at 10/11, while Portugal can be backed at 3/1. The draw is then available at 5/2.
This mouth watering fixture gets underway at 7.45pm on Saturday evening.