Will Miroslav Klose or Mario Gomez lead the German attack against Italy?

Joachim Low has a decision to make ahead of his side's last-four encounter with the Azzurri. William Duncan analyses where the best value lies in the Mannschaft attack
Germany boss Joachim Low goes into Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Italy with the kind of selection headache that most coaches can only dream of – he must decide which of in-form duo Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose will spearhead his attack against Cesare Prandelli's side.

Bayern Munich striker Gomez, who has scored three goals in three starts for die Mannschaft at Euro 2012, is likely to be given the nod by Low.

However, Klose's industrious performance against Greece in the quarter-final, capped by a trademark headed goal, will certainly have given the man in charge of team selection plenty of food for thought ahead of Thursday's crunch clash.

Gomez started all three of Germany's group games and, should he start, he would represent excellent value at Sportingbet's 9/2 (5.50) to score first, while the same firm offer a hugely tempting 19/10 (2.90) on Gomez adding to his impressive tally at any time in the 90 minutes.

A two-goal haul for the Bayern Munich man is chalked up at 17/2 (9.50) with Sportingbet and Gomez can be backed at a massive 40/1 (41.0) with Sportingbet to stun the Azzuri with a semi-final hat-trick.

Should Gomez hit the target, he may well find himself in pole position to collect the tournament's Golden Boot award from Uefa, and the frontman can be snapped up at 17/10 (2.70) with Sportingbet to bag that prize.

However, if Gomez were to misfire, Germany can call upon the services of the ever-reliable Klose. Polish-born Klose has netted 64 times in 120 appearances for his adopted nation and, in fact, is now just four goals short of Gerd Muller's all-time scoring record for die Mannschaft.

Klose is chalked up at 11/2 (6.50) with Sportingbet to break the deadlock against Italy and can be supported at Sportingbet's 23/10 (3.30) to get his name on the scoresheet at any time.

The Lazio striker is available at 12/1 (13.0) with Sportingbet to net twice against the Azzurri while the same firm offer a tasty 50/1 (51.0) for Klose to hit a hat-trick.

It is Gomez, though, who appears to be Low's preferred choice and, even against a well-drilled Italian defence, it is difficult to see the Azzurri keeping the irrepressible Germans at bay. Gomez might be just the man to fire his nation into their second successive European Championship final.

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Mario Gomez to score at any time at 19/10 (2.90) with Sportingbet.

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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