Euro 2012 Betting: Germany v Portugal - 10 Vital Stats


10. In their last six international meetings, Germany have beaten Portugal three times, drawn twice and lost once – at Euro 2000. The Germans are 2.00 to win again on Saturday.

9. The last time the two sides met was at Euro 2008, when Germany won a thrilling quarter-final 3-2 in Basel. A price of 28.00 can be backed for the same result.

8. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose rocketed Germany to a two-goal lead within the opening half hour that night. Germany are 2.55 to be winning at half time.

7. Portugal’s preparations for Euro 2012 have not exactly gone according to plan: Paulo Bento’s side are without a win in three friendlies this year. Their 3-1 loss against Turkey last week came off the back of two 0-0 draws against Macedonia and Poland. Portugal are 2.70 not to score in Lviv.

6. Sergio Conceiçao scored a hat-trick from midfield for Portugal in their most recent win over Germany at Euro 2000. Current midfielders Miguel Veloso and Joao Moutinho are at 11.00 and 15.00 respectively to score at any time.

5. Two of Europe’s best attacking talents will go head-to-head on Saturday, with Germany’s Miroslav Klose looking to score in his fifth major championships against Portugal’s in-form Cristiano Ronaldo. Klose is 3.00 favourite to score more than Ronaldo and Ronaldo is at 4.25 to outgun Klose.

4. Dead-ball specialist Ronaldo will take any free-kick Portugal are given within 40 yards of Manuel Neuer’s goal. The forward scored a wonder strike against Denmark in qualifying for the tournament, and can be backed to score another from outside the box at 7.00.

3. Joachim Löw’s side have been inconsistent in their preparations for Euro 2012, with two losses and a win this year. Mario Gomez staked his claim for a starting place with a goal last week against Israel and the striker is priced at 3.20 to score as part of a Germany victory.

2. Portuguese centre-back Pepe was booked the last time his nation met Germany. The Real Madrid star can be backed at 2.45 to receive another yellow in Lviv.

1. With two tricky games in Group B against the Netherlands and Denmark approaching, a draw in their opening Euro 2012 clash is no good for either side. Germany haven’t drawn in their four previous games and can be backed at 1.42 in the Draw No Bet market.