Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign continues with a crucial clash against Poland in Group C. Joachim Low’s men coasted to victory against Ukraine in their opening group game and the world champions will be determined to maintain momentum against Poland.
Adam Nawalka's side, though, will come into this match in confident mood, having claimed their first ever win in the European Championships against Northern Ireland on Sunday evening and, having beaten the Germans in qualifying for this tournament, Poland are certainly capable of causing an upset.
Die Mannschaft have been the dominant force in this fixture over the years, having been beaten in just one of their previous 20 meetings against the Poles and they will be determined to preserve that proud record in this match.
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Germany are warm favourites to pick up all three points, with Paddy Power offering just 1/2 (1.50) that Low’s men come out on top, while Poland are available at a chunky 4/1 (5.0) with the same firm to cause an upset in Paris. Two of the last four meetings between the sides has ended in stalemate and the 11/4 (3.75) quote offered up by Paddy Power for this match to end all square could well prove popular with punters.
There is plenty of potential for goals here, for Die Mannschaft have failed to find the net in just one of their last 13 matches at the European Championships and Low has a vast array of attacking talent at his disposal, with Mario Gotze, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller all expected to line up for the world champions.
Poland, of course, can call upon the services of the Bundesliga’s top scorer this term – Robert Lewandowski – and the 27-year-old Bayern Munich striker, who scored 13 goals in qualifying for this tournament, will be desperate to find the net after enduring a frustrating 90 minutes against Northern Ireland.
Arkadiusz Milik grabbed the only goal of the game against Michael O’Neill’s men in Nice and, having scored the opening goal in Poland’s 2-0 win over Die Mannschaft in qualifying for this competition, the 22-year-old striker will fancy his chances of getting amongst the goals again here.
Six of the last eight meetings between these sides, though, has seen fewer than three goals scored, while there have been no more than two goals scored in each of Poland’s previous seven appearances at the European Championships.
Nawalka’s men have drawn a blank in four previous appearances against Germany at major tournaments, but Poland will take heart from their defensive discipline, for they have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five fixtures. Both sides are battling for supremacy in Group C and this could well prove to be a tight tussle. The value, therefore, lies in Paddy Power’s even money (2.0) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored when these two teams meet in Paris.
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