Thursday, 21 June 2012

My quarter final tips

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Czech Republic vs Portugal
Czech Republic lost their first game 4-1; however back to back wins against Greece and Poland ensured they qualified top from Group A. Their second half showing against Poland was very impressive and neutralised the hosts attack with ease whilst dominating the game, and they thoroughly deserved their victory. The likes of Petr Jiranek and Vaclav Pilar have not only scored the goals to get the Czech's out of the group, they've always been their best players, with the experienced Tomas Hubschmann excellent holding in the midfield.

Baros first goalscorer? 14's with Stan James

Portugal impressed in Group B, and came from behind against Holland to ensure they qualified behind the Germans. Cristiano Ronaldo was superb in the win, after having a disappointing start to the tournament, and the Czech's will be the weakest side the Portuguese will have faced so far. Defensively the likes of Pepe and Bruno Alves were good in containing the likes of Robin Van Persie and co, with only a Rafael Van Der Vaart screamer ensuring they didn't keep a clean sheet.

A Patricio clean sheet is 5/4 with Betfair

I fancy Paulo Bento's side to have too much for the Czech's here; however it won't be easy.

Prediction: Czech Republic 0 Portugal 2 - 8/1 with Ladbrokes

My three top tips:
Cristiano Ronaldo to score and Portugal to win - 15/8 with Betfred
Both teams to score NO - 10/11 with Stan James
Theo Gebre Selassie first yellow card - 16/1 with bet365

Germany vs Greece
Germany qualified from the toughest group with three wins from three, and they rarely reached top gear, which goes to show how strong they are! They have fantastic strength in depth with the likes of Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos and Miroslav Klose all having to settle for spots on the bench. Mario Gomez scored three goals in his first two matches, in doing so shutting his critics up in the best possible way.

Gomez hat-trick is 20/1 with bet365

Greece stunned Russia to eliminate the group favourites; however without their inspirational captain Giorgos Karagounis, who inexplicably was booked for diving, when the eventual match winner was clearly fouled, they face a German side who certainly take no prisoners. The 2004 Champions were much like their former self against Russia and defended superbly throughout, with Giorgos Samaras leading the line brilliantly, could history repeat itself and they win another European Championship built on superb defending? I doubt it!

Another 1-0 Greece win is 24/1 with 188bet

Germany should easily overcome a Greece side who are without their best creative spark

Prediction: Germany 3 Greece 0 - 8/1 with Ladbrokes

My three top tips:
Mario Gomez to score and Germany to win - 13/10 with 888Sport
Germany by three or more goals - 13/5 with Coral
Over 2.5 goals - 68/67 with 188bet

*An accumulator of both Portugal and Germany to win is 1.3/1
*An accumulator for Portugal 2-0 and Germany 3-0 is 63/1

*All accumulator odds are given via Skybet

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