Friday's Goalscorer Preview: Podolski to strike first against Greece before Gomez's customary goal

Having exceeded expectations in reaching this far, the Ethniki may struggle to contain a potent German strikeforce. Al Hain-Cole examines Joachim Low's impressive options up front
Unfancied Greece set up their quarter-final encounter against Germany thanks to a surprise 1-0 win over Russia in the final group game, and they will be hoping for another low-scoring match against the tournament favourites tonight.

Unfortunately for Fernando Santos’s men, they may not have it their way against the side that features Euro 2012’s most feared striker, Mario Gomez.

The Bayern Munich man is so prolific that he is available at just 8/11 (1.73) to score anytime with Paddy Power, who are offering to refund any losing first or last goalscorer bets, should he get on the score-sheet.

With six goals in his last seven starts, you can rely on Gomez to uphold his side of the bargain, granting a free hand to those who wish to play the first goalscorer market.

Last time out it was Lukas Podolski who opened the scoring, as Arsenal’s new recruit celebrated his 100th cap by notching his 44th goal against Denmark.

With such an impressive international strike rate, 6/1 (7.00) available with Paddy Power seems like excellent odds on Podolski getting the ball rolling for Germany this evening and he is always dangerous breaking forward from midfield.

Greece are not so spoilt for choice up front, as they have registered just a goal a game in this tournament through three different scorers, one of whom - Giorgos Karagounis - is suspended.

Without their inspirational skipper, Fernando Santos will be counting on goalpoacher Theofanis Gekas to feed off any scraps that may fall his way.

The Samsunspor striker comes alive in the box, as his 22 international goals in 61 games will testify, and he represents Greece’s best chance of scoring tonight at odds of 5/1 (6.00).

It could be a lonely night for Gekas up front on his own, but if the Greeks fall behind early as they did against Poland and the Czech Republic, then Dmitris Salpingidis will undoubtedly be thrown further forwards in search of a goal.

This tactic did the trick against Poland, and the PAOK attacker could be good value at 15/2 (8.50) to grab another important goal tonight.

Mario Gomez to score anytime at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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