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Germany Euro 2012: Handicapping Germany’s 2012 Euro Odds

Euro 2012 Germany: Offensive Firepower Should Give Germans Edge: In 1996, Germany won the Euro Cup. Prior to that in 1990, it was the World Cup champ. Since that point though, the Germans have been trying to get back on top of the world, and there have been a number of near misses. They finished in third place in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and they were the runners up in 2002. They also finished second best in Austria and Switzerland in Euro 2008. Could this be the tournament in which the Germans get over the hump and become champs once again? The Euro 2012 odds are definitely on their side.

The truth of the matter is that you are definitely going to have to look past the opening round schedule that the Germans have. They are clearly in the “Group of Death,” but in our eyes, they definitely have one of the best two teams in the foursome and really shouldn’t struggle to get into the quarterfinals, where the draw really could open up for them and give them a relatively easy stroll into at least the semifinals, if not all the way to the finale of Euro 2012.

Euro 2012 Schedule for Germany
Saturday June 9th: Germany vs. Portugal 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Wednesday, June 13th: Netherlands vs. Germany 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Sunday, June 17th: Denmark vs. Germany 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN2)

Offense is definitely the name of the game for the Germans. Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose, and Lukas Podolski will all find time on the pitch for sure, and Bastian Schweinsteiger regularly comes out of the midfield. He has 23 goals in his 90 matches for his country, including two in this tournament. Thomas Muller could be a big force as well, as could Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil if given the chance. On the other end of the pitch though, there could be some more issues. Philipp Lahm is one of the best offensive wing defenders in the world, and he is most certainly not shy about trying to fire some shots on target. He and Per Mertesacker are going to have their work cut out for them for sure, especially trying to protect Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich’s net minder.

The 2-0 shutout over Israel in the final tune up before the Euro Cup was great for the team, but before that, there were five goals allowed to Switzerland, two to France, and three to Ukraine in the warm-ups. Needless to say, that type of defense just isn’t going to cut it no matter how strong this team is offensively.

But that brings us back to the offense. In the qualifying for Euro 2012, the Germans were scoring goals left and right. They accounted for three goals with half a team against Azerbaijan after qualification was already a given, and two against Austria. Both matches were on the road. At home though, is where the goals really were pouring in. There were six against Azerbaijan at home to speak of, and three against a Turkey team that was a semifinalist in this event in 2008. Head Coach Joakim Low and his men also scored four at home against Kazakhstan. This was the most dangerous offense in the World Cup in 2010, outside of that of perhaps the Dutch, one of the teams that Germany will have to take on in this tournament.

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Statistically speaking, Germany is one of the top teams in this tournament, ranking No. 3 in the world and No. 2 in Europe as of the start of June. The team slipped just behind Uruguay, one of the up and coming squads in South America just before the outset of this tournament, but it isn’t going to bother the Germans one bit. The problem, though? No. 4 Holland is right in the rearview mirror of the Germans and could overtake them by the time this tourney is said and done with.

Germany 2012 Euro Championship Odds & Predictions: In the end, there is a reason that Germany is the second favorite on the board to win Euro 2012 behind the Spanish at +300. The Germans are -400 to advance out of this group and are +105 to win it in spite of the tough schedule. Gomez is the favorite to win the Golden Boot of Euro 2012 at +700, and Germany is the only team in this tournament that has four different players ranked in the Top 10 that can win the Golden Boot. Gomez is joined by Klose, Muller, and Podolski. This is going to be a team that is insanely difficult to get out of this tournament, especially knowing that a team like Russia or Poland could be waiting in the quarterfinals. Click Here to bet on Euro 2012!

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