I suppose getting through the entire post without using a cliché was pretty unlikely, but I’d have preferred to make it to the second sentence before using one. Thanks to the preamble I am able to, as it goes, but no further as we take a look at the official ‘group of death’ for this European Championship, and who may or may not Indiana Jones their way out to a brighter future and potential tournament win.
The Germans are favourites to win the group, at 6/5 with William Hill, and if you want value you’re better off going for the 3/1 VictorChandler has on them not making it out. Portugal and Holland are both well placed to compete, and Denmark are capable of beating the Germans, but I think they are right to be installed as most likely group winners, not least as the current squad is a great blend of experience and youthful talent.
SkyBet have the best odds on Holland winning the group, at 15/8, while BlueSquare have 9/2 on Portugal finishing top and VictorChandler offers a cracking 20/1 on Denmark coming first. Of the three I’d actually say Portugal and Holland are a bit closer than that, and the fact Real finished the league off early means some key men in the Portuguese side may well get an extra couple of weeks of rest, too.
For purely qualifying, there is not a lot of value on Germany and Holland at 2/7 and 1/2 respectively with PaddyPower, and of the two I’d say the Dutch are more likely to disappoint their fans and fail to progress. The 7/5 BoyleSports have on Portugal is more down to their opposition than any weakness, but the 6/1 on Denmark with VictorChandler would be a brave bet for any potential punters to consider, such is the quality they must face and the relatively short odds.
Pretty much the best odds anywhere around Group B are on Portugal and Denmark going through together, which VictorChandler will give you 40/1 on. Germany and Holland, at the other end of the scale are best priced at 11/10 with PaddyPower, so go wisely if you’re looking for bargains. Whatever you do, though, don’t miss any of the group as we could well see an eventual finalist taking part.