Well it’s European financial crisis gags all the way tonight as the Germans take on the Greeks. The obvious answer here is to opt for a drinking game using such words as: ‘crisis’, ‘austerity’, ‘broke’ and ‘refund.’
The Greeks don’t have a great track record against the Germans and there is little to duggest this will dramatically change come full time this evening. Joachim Loew has steered his team to winning their last 14 competitive games.
Greece made their way to this game by drawing 1-1 with Poland, losing 2-1 to the Czechs and beating Russia by a goal to nil. Germany’s path was a little more forthright beating Holland and Denmark 2-1 and Portugal by 1 goal to nil.
Germany Coach Joachim Löw has made some changes to his starting line-up. Lukas Podolski and Mario Gomez are out: Miroslav Klose and Mesut Özil are in.
For Greece Giorgios Karagounis is suspended.
Germany: Neuer, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Boateng, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Özil, Schürrle, Reus, Klose. Subs: Wiese, Zieler, Schmelzer, Höwedes, Mertesacker, Gündogan, T. Muller, Bender, Kroos, Götze, Podolski, Gomez.
Greece: Sifakis, Maniatis, Tzavellas, K. Papadoupoulos, Torossidis, Papatathopoulos, Makos, Katsouranis, Samaras, Salpingidis. Subs: Chalkias, Tzorvas, Malezas, Fotakis, Fortounis, Fetfatzidis, Liberopoulos, Mitroglou, Gekas.
Our eye-catcher bets for tonight are:
Which team will have possession of the ball longer (regular playing time)? Greece are 8,00 here and despite all their shortcomings lack of possession isn’t one of them.
No own goal at 1,05.
One penalty awarded in regular time is 3,70.
Germany to qualify in regular time is 1,30.
Correct score 3-1 is 8,00.
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