Euro 2012 Group Of Death Will Have Many High Scoring Games

By Sam Darby on 18/04/2012 15:24

Euro 2012 Group B is certainly this tournament’s Group Of Death with two of the three outright favourites, Germany and Holland, drawn in pot B alongside Portugal and Denmark. What will the best bets in Euro 2012 Group B be according to the ValueChecker wikis.

Germany are the favourites to qualify from Group B and according to the Germany ValueChecker wikis we can expect plenty of goals in their matches. Germany are one of the highest scoring teams, if not the highest scoring team, in Europe. In qualifying for Euro 2012 nine of Germany’s ten matches had over 2.5 goals and this sort of statistic was reflected at the 2010 World Cup where three of Germany’s four knockout games had over 2.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals looks a very strong bet in Germany matches unless they are playing against very tight opposition.

Because Germany score so many goals they are often already dominating a game by half time. In qualifying for Euro 2012 Germany were winning nine of their ten games at half time and won all of those matches. At the 2010 World Cup, in the knockout rounds, they were also beating both England and Argentina at half time and full time. If Germany look likely to win a match, they will probably be good bet to be winning at half time and full time in the half time/full time betting.

Germany score a lot of goals but also have a habit of leaking goals at the other end of the pitch. In six of Germany’s ten qualifying matches for Euro 2012 both teams scored which isn’t a great record considering the quality of teams they played. Germany also only managed one clean sheet in the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup. They will come up against some good attacking teams in Group B and Germany might end up keeping no clean sheets in the Euro 2012 group stage.

The Holland ValueChecker wikis point the way to the man who should outscore his team mates at Euro 2012. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar looks the man to follow in the goalscorer betting for Holland currently. In eight Euro 2012 qualifying matches Huntelaar scored an amazing twelve goals and only failed to score in one match. He also scored the first goal in half of his games. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar should be a good bet to score first and anytime in Holland matches.

The goalscorer markets aren’t the only ones that should be profitable on Dutch games at Euro 2012. Holland have a good record of being in the lead at half time. In Euro 2012 qualifying Holland were winning all but one games at half time, they won all nine games they were winning at half time and lost the only game in which they weren’t winning at half time. In games where Holland are expected to win they should be a good bet to be winning at half time and full time in the half time/full time betting.

Portugal face a difficult task if they are to qualify from Group B ahead of either Germany or Holland but whatever happens there should be money to made from their Group B matches according to the Portugal ValueChecker wikis. Cristiano Ronaldo and Helder Postiga have the best recent goalscoring records for Portugal. In Euro 2012 qualifying Ronaldo played eight games and scored in seven of those whilst Postiga started six games and made two sub appearances and managed to register a goal in five of those matches. Both players also managed to register thre last goals during qualifying. Ronaldo and Postiga look the players to concentrate on in the anytime scorer and last scorer markets in Portugal’s competitive matches.

Portugal could be a team to follow if backing the goals markets. During Euro 2012 qualifying Portugal had seven games with over 1.5 goals, seven games with over 2.5 foals and six matches with over 3.5 goals. That suggests that over 1.5 goals is poor value compared to over 2.5 goals and both over 1.5 goals and over 2.5 goals are poor value compared to over 3.5 goals in Portugal’s competitive matches.

Portugal don’t have the best defensive record in recent matches. In their qualifying campaign for Euro 2012 Portugal kept just three clean sheets in ten games which is fairly poor for a qualifier. This suggests that Portugal should be opposed to keep a clean sheet and correct score possibilities with Portugal should be considered whilst six out of ten games with both teams scoring in them makes that look a good bet too.

Denmark certainly look to face a tough ask to qualify but they did finish above Portugal in qualifying. As for the Denmark ValueChecker wikis, they suggest that whilst most the other games in Group B might have over 2.5 goals, this could be a bet to avoid when Denmark are involved. Denmark not only don’t score a great amount of goals, they also have a decent defensive record. In Denmark’s eight Euro 2012 qualifying matches they scored fifteen goals and conceded six goals and that meant five of their matches had under 2.5 goals and six games had under 3.5 goals.