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At the start of Euro 2012, Germany and Holland were considered as the second and third favourites to go all the way in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
After the first games of the tournament though, this has changed somewhat. Germany are still a major contender at 11/4, but Holland – following their defeat to Denmark – have drifted dramatically to 14/1.
Looking at the Dutch more specifically, it really was disappointing evening for them on Saturday. To have as many chances as they did and still lose the game was incredibly frustrating.
Now they go into games against Germany and Portugal massively up against it. Realistically, they need two wins against two of the top European teams to progress to the knockout stages.
They are capable of doing just that of course and they will take heart from the fact that Spain lost the opening game of the 2010 World Cup before going onto win the tournament.
However, they will need to raise their game dramatically if they are to beat the Germans. Defensively they looked far too open and going forward they were very wasteful.
As for the Germans, well they did exactly what many expected them to do against Portugal with a narrow victory. They weren’t at their best, but three points were achieved and there is plenty more to come from them.
At 2/5 to win Group B, they are still on track to progress and they will hope that this is still the case after Wednesday night’s game.
Joachim Loew’s men should be wary of a wounded Holland side though and this is still a tough test for them. Although, their attacking talent should cause Holland’s shaky defence plenty of problems and Germany will always back themselves to come out on top.
Looking at the odds for this one, Germany are the favourites at 6/4, while Holland are available at 2/1. The draw, which would suit the former rather than the latter, can be backed at 12/5.
With the pressure on – Holland could be knocked out with a defeat – this is tournament football at its best.