Germany v Ukraine Betting: Doubts remain over World champions' defence

Die Mannschaft are strong favourites to come out on top in this Group C opener, but our tipster does not expect Joachim Low's men to have things all their own way in Lille

Germany open their Euro 2016 campaign against Ukraine in Lille on Sunday evening. Die Mannschaft have never been beaten in their opening fixture in the European Championships - a record that stretches to 11 matches - and Joachim Low's men are strongly fancied to extend that proud record against Mikhail Fomenko's side.

Indeed, the Germans have won their opening match in each of their last five major tournaments and the reigning World champions can be backed at just 8/15 (1.53) with Betway to begin with a win in this one, while the same firm go 3/1 (4.0) that Sunday's showdown ends in stalemate.

Ukraine began their Euro 2012 campaign with a win against Sweden, but the 23/4 (6.75) quote from Betway for them to repeat the feat against Germany is reflective of the enormity of the task facing Fomenko's charges.

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In recent months, Germany have struggled to replicate the fabulous form that took them to the title in Brazil two years ago - winning just three of their last seven matches - but Low's squad is packed with quality and Die Mannschaft are expected to go close to adding a fourth European crown to their already impressive roll of honour.

If the Germans are to stake a significant claim for silverware, Thomas Muller seems certain to play a prominent role, for the Bayern Munich man scored nine goals in nine appearances during the qualification campaign.

Muller can be backed at 100/30 (4.33) with Betway to break the deadlock in this match, while the same firm go 17/20 (1.85) that the striker finds the net at any time against Fomenko's men.

The world champions, however, are blessed with an impressive array of attacking talent and will not rely on Muller alone to fire them to glory. Indeed, Low's side have scored in 11 of their last 12 matches at the European Championships, while the Germans come into the tournament having found the net of 14 of their last 16 outings.

Ukraine conceded just five goals in 12 matches in qualifying and Fomenko will be hoping that his side retain their defensive discipline in Lille, while key men Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka will aim to exploit any frailty in the German defensive unit.

Betway's 9/10 (1.90) quote for three or more goals to be scored is not without appeal, while those anticipating a win for the world champions should snap up the 7/10 (1.70) quote for Low’s side to score two or more goals – a selection that would have paid dividends in each of Germany’s last seven victories. Better value, though, lies in backing goals at both ends at Betway’s generous even money (2.0) quote.

Germany have conceded in eight of their last nine matches and Ukraine certainly carry a significant attacking threat, with doubts over Die Mannschaft’s ability to keep things tight, the even money (2.0) shot is well worth backing.

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Both teams to score at even money (2.0) with Betway