Euro 2012, Group B, Wednesday, Kharkiv, 7.45pm
GERMANY v HOLLAND – it doesn't get much better than this.
It was one of the shortest match-ups for the final in the antepost betting with plenty of people seeing the sides cruise through Group D then not meet again until the trophy decider.
But Denmark put a spanner in the works by dumping the Dutch 1-0 and Germany, who were
1-0 winners over Portugal, have a chance to knockout their great rivals at the first stage.
Efficient Germany did just enough to take the points from Portugal in a game that wasn’t easy on the eye and I can see them treating tonight's tie with the same mindset: “Don't lose a goal and maybe nick one at the other end”.
So tonight will it be Oranje squashed or will we witness saur Krauts? On the basis of the openers it has to be the latter – and now the Dutch have started fighting among themselves as usual.
Rafael van der Vaart says he's not starting because boss Bert van Marwijk's daughter is married to Mark van Bommell and Arjen Robben's team-mates have branded him selfish. On top of that Robin van Persie looked out or form against the Danes and Klaas Jan Huntelaar was simply outof the team.
There is talk van Marwijk will start Huntelaar for Ibrahim Afellay and move van Persie. But maybe he'll pick his grandson instead or give his missus a game at the back!
I love watching Holland at their free-flowing best but on the evidence of the first camp and the mood in the camp I'm going to side with Germany although it would be wise to keep the draw on side.
The Germans are 6-4 (various) to win and you can get 4-5 with Stan James on the draw no bet market.
Golden Boot favourite Mario Gomez fared better than Robin van Persie as he hit the winner against Portugal and is 6-1 with the likes of Hills and Ladbrokes to again break the deadlock, 11-5 (unibet) to net.
The corners market on this is interesting. Holland had 11 v Denmark while Germany weren’t fazed by conceding 11 against Portugal as they were confident of winning headers in the box and clearing their lines all day.
Gomez to score
(4-5, draw no bet)
Germany v Holland over 11 corners