Germany fancied to reach Euro final
DESPITE only reaching the last four via the drama of a penalty shoot-out, Italy were deserving winners against England in the pair's quarter final contest.
However, despite the brilliance of playmaker Andrea Pirlo, the Azzurri's Euro 2012 dream looks set to end in Warsaw, where Germany have to be fancied to book their place in the final.
Die Mannschaft are odds-on at 10/11 with Paddy Power to overcome the Italians and that's understandable given the way they ruthlessly put Greece to the sword in the last eight while Coral quote Italy at 4/1 and it's 5/2 courtesy of Stan James to be all square after 90 minutes.
Cesare Prandelli's men, even with all of their possession, couldn't score past England, which could push punters towards Skybet's 2/1 for the Germans to prevail 'to nil'.
However, even though Joachim Low's team were completely dominant against the Greeks, they still managed to concede twice against an opponent that barely managed an attack so it looks risky to assume they will keep a clean sheet in the Polish capital.
Boylesports' 11/10 for both teams to score is therefore worth considering and a case an also be made for Betfred's 6/4, chalked against a match tally of three or more goals.
However, the likelihood that they will ship at least a goal notwithstanding, the Euro 2008 runners up should be able to eventually triumph relatively comfortably.
The handicaps are potentially lucrative then given that Ladbrokes offer Germany at 11/4 when kicking off a goal in arrears.
Alternatively Stan James mark a generous 20/1 against a 3-1 triumph for Low's charges, who are 21/10 via William Hill to be in front at the end of each half and 12/5 (bet365) to come out on top in a fixture containing at least three goals.
That's how many times German marksman Mario Gomez has struck in the tournament so far yet the Bayern Munich striker was left out of the starting line-up in Gdansk as his side disposed of the Greeks.
He should be recalled for this one though and raring to go, the prolific forward is an 11/2 chance with BetVictor to break the deadlock.
The same bookie posts odds of 7/4 for Gomez to find the net at any stage and he's 11/2 (William Hill) to be named as man of the match, however his involvement in matches, scoring goals aside, has been minimal so a more influential operator should be favoured in that particular market.
Boylesports rate Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil at 9/2 to scoop the gong and for punters wanting to side with the Italians, Pirlo, who pulled all of the strings for the Azzurri against England, is 6/1 at Ladbrokes to be given the man of the match award.
In the outright betting, meanwhile, Germany are just 7/4 with Paddy Power to go on and lift the trophy and as semi-final underdogs Italy are considered outsiders to be crowned champions, Stan James quoting them at 6/1.
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