The second round of matches in Euro 2020 sees European royalty meet in Group F.
Portugal, the reigning European Championship title holders, tackle three-time champions of the continent Germany in a match that will surely have huge ramifications as to how Group F pans out.
That’s because the elephant in the room is France, the world champions, who will also be expected to finish somewhere close to the top two in this bracket.
So, avoiding defeat – at the bare minimum – will be essential here, and you wonder what impact that will have on how the action unfolds.
Portugal, as you know, will be heavily reliant on the gifts of Cristiano Ronaldo to guide them to glory, as he did four years ago. He scored 50% of their goals in qualifying, and without him the Portuguese look a sorry outfit indeed.
As for Germany, their disastrous World Cup campaign is now a thing of the past. They were in sublime form in qualifying for Euro 2020, and with a talented young squad that is developing nicely they are flying dangerously under the radar in the outright betting market.
The fact that this encounter on June 20 will take place in the majestic Allianz Arena in Munich also hands German a huge advantage, so is this game a forgone conclusion?
Let’s have a look at our Portugal vs Germany preview and see if we can get to the bottom of things.
In some respects, this is a tough game for the bookmakers to price up, and so we’ll have to see if there’s any opportunity in the Germany vs Portugal betting odds.
As it stands, Germany have unsurprisingly been installed favourites given their home advantage at odds of 2.0.
But there will be plenty of fans of Portugal wanting to back their team at 3.9, while the draw is available at 3.3.
2. Germany vs Portugal Preview
Four years is a long time in football. In that timeframe, Portugal have gone from winning the European Championships and the Nations League to barely scraping through their group in Euro 2020 qualification – their place in the competition wasn’t even confirmed until the final game.
So the Portuguese have endured highs and lows, while for Germany it has been a series of lows, with a flop in the Nations League backed by a disastrous effort at the World Cup, where they failed to even get out of their group.
But we talk about momentum in sport and while Portugal seem to be lacking in that, the Germans have picked up in a big way in the past year or so.
They won seven of their eight games in qualification, scoring at least two goals in each of their outings, and introduced a number of young players who will surely be key to this German side for years to come.
A midfield trio of Kroos, Kimmich and Goretzka will form the foundation of their good work, while in attack Werner, Gnabry and Reus have pace to burn.
Defensively there are issues, however, such as the 2-4 loss to the Netherlands in qualifying, and that’s something that Portugal will surely need to take advantage of. In Ronaldo they obviously have a natural goalscorer, and he will be supported by the likes of Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Neves.
The Portuguese have a habit of grinding out victories in major tournaments, but here we expect them to need to outgun Germany to have any joy.
It’s a fascinating tussle then, and our Portugal vs Germany predictions are that this game will be an entertaining watch!
3. Portugal vs Germany Betting Tips
But anyone that has read this preview to this point will want concrete Germany vs Portugal betting tips, not just viewing recommendations, and for those we simply have to side with the Germans.
This talented young side looks set to break out in Euro 2020, and they might just have too much pace and guile in attack for what will be an inexperienced Portugal defence.