June 17, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee
Venue: Arena Lviv, Lviv
Kick-off: 19:45 BST.
Denmark (4-2-3-1) – Andersen Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, S Poulsen, Kvist, J Poulsen, Mikkelsen, Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli, Bendtner
Germany (4-2-3-1) – Neuer, Bender, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Ozil, Podolski, Gomez
Germany and Denmark will face off in a crucial Group B encounter in order to secure a safe passage through to the Quarter finals of the European championships.
The Danes will be craving for nothing short of a victory, as a defeat will mean elimination from the competition. Having won the opening game of the group against Netherlands, Denmark quashed the talks of them being the minnows of the group.
The Danish side came up with another spirited performance against the Portuguese and did brilliantly to recover from two goals down. Eventually Portugal did find a way to win the tie late on in the game which places the Danes in a do-or-die situation against the group leaders Germany.
On the other hand, Germany will be looking to make it three out of three and go through to the Quarter finals in ravishing fashion.
However, Germany will be keen to avoid a huge upset after having witnessed Russia’s elimination. Defeat against Denmark; especially if its more than a one goal margin could spell disaster for the Germans should Portugal win their game comfortably.
Both Germany and Denmark will be missing first teamers when they come fact to fact due to suspension and injuries.
Denmark winger Dennis Rommedahl will miss the tie against Group B leaders Germany due to a hamstring problem that saw him substituted against Portugal. Midfielder Niki Zimling is likely to join Rommedahl on the side-lines with a calf injury.
Tobias Mikkelsen, the man who replaced Rommedahl in the 3-2 defeat to Portugal, is likely to come in place of the veteran Danish winger. Meanwhile J. Poulsen is likely to replace Zimling at the heart of the midfield.
Germany boss Joachim Low will be forced into a defensive change despite having an injury free squad at his disposal. The Germans will be missing full back Jerome Boateng who is suspended with his second booking of the tournament in Germany’s 2-1 win over the Netherlands.
Low is expected to draft defensive midfielder Lars Bender at right-back, or, he could opt for Borussia Dortmund left back Marcel Schmelzer by switching Captain Philipp Lahm to the right back position.
The Danes have been pretty resilient in the tournament so far with gritty performances and strong determination. However, superior adversaries with better resources have managed to outplay them more often than not. A similar outcome is expected when they come up against an in form Germany side with an array of attacking talents and a constellation of superstars in their armoury.
Despite putting up a worthy fight, the Danes will eventually bow out to the mighty German side looking to maintain their tag of favourites with a comfortable victory.
Prediction: Denmark 0-2 Germany.
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