Netherlands v Denmark: Why Robin van Persie is bound to score
The Tipster is backing Robin van Persie to open his Euro 2012 account by scoring for the Netherlands against Denmark
The Tipster is eagerly anticipating the first round of games from the so-called ‘Group of Death’ – and he’s backing Arsenal’s Robin van Persie to score in a Dutch win over Denmark on Saturday.
Our man-in-the-know is also backing Joachim Low’s Germany to upset Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the second game of Group B, while tipping Germany to win what should be an encounter full of goals.
Saturday’s Euro 2012 fixtures:
Holland v Denmark (1700BST) Kharkiv, Group B
Germany v Portugal (1945BST) Lviv, Group B
Van Persie to score at any time against Denmark – 11/10
The Arsenal captain has 28 goals in 65 matches for Holland and he is coming off the back of his most prolific season ever after scoring 37 goals for the Gunners. With the 28-year-old likely to be leading the line on his own for the Dutch and also on penalty duty, he looks superb value to score at any time in this game at 11/10.
Netherlands to beat Denmark by two goals or more – 15/8
The Dutch won six of their qualifying games by two goals or more, while Denmark came through a weak group to book their place at Euro 2012. With much sterner tests ahead featuring matches against Portugal and Germany, a win here for the Dutch is a necessity. So The Tipster is backing the Netherlands to win by two goals at 15/8.
Germany to beat Portugal – 11/10
Of all the teams who qualified for Euro 2012, Portugal conceded the most goals in qualifying – 12 in eight games. Germany, on the other hand, went through qualifying winning all of their 10 matches and look in an excellent position to put up a strong challenge throughout the tournament. Our resident betting expect is backing the Germans to start their campaign with a victory over Portugal at 11/10.
Over 2.5 goals in Germany v Portugal – Evens
Germany averaged more goals per game than any other team in qualifying with 3.4 – while Portugal were exposed defensively throughout their campaign. Germany’s last 13 matches, including friendlies, have finished with over 2.5 goals, and the Tipster expects more of the same on Saturday night at a tempting price of Evens.
The long shot: Gómez to score first and Germany to win – 6/1
Mario Gómez has scored 22 goals in 52 appearances for Germany, and he was in prolific form for Bayern Munich last season, with 41 goals in all competitions. The striker will be Germany’s key man against Portugal, and with all that in mind, the Tipster’s audacious long shot for this edition is for Gómez to score first and Germany to win at fantastic odds of 6/1.
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