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Group A:#11 Russia
#26 Czech Republic
Group B:#2 Germany
Group C:#1 Spain
Group D:#7 England
Summer Football 2013 (14-5) $995Major League Soccer 2013: (22-12) $920
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Group A1-2-1 (Bankroll: -140)
June 8Poland 1-1 GreeceOver/Under-130 (2)
Russia 4-1 Czech Rep
June 12Greece 1-2 Czech Rep (-.5 +125, ML +125)Over-125/Under+105 (2)
Poland 1-1 Russia (pk-140, ML +135)Over+120/Under-140 (2.5)
June 16Czech Republic 1-0 Poland (-.5 +120, ML +120)Over-105/Under-115 (2.5)
Greece 1-0 Russia (-.5 -140, ML -140)Over-115/Under-105 (2.5)
Group B1-1-0 (Bankroll: -75)
June 9Netherlands (-1 +105, ML -175) 0-1 DenmarkOver+100/Under-120 (2.5)
Germany 1-0 Portugal
June 13Denmark 2-3 Portugal (-.5 -125, ML -125)Over+105/Under-125 (2.5)
Netherlands 1-2 Germany (pk -130, ML +145)Over+100/Under-120 (2.5)
June 17Portugal 2-1 Netherlands
Denmark 1-2 Germany
Group C3-2-0 (Bankroll: $65)
June 10Spain (-.5 -135, ML -135) 1-1 ItalyOver-105/Under-115 (2)
Ireland 1-3 Croatia
June 14Italy (pk -140, ML +135) 1-1 CroatiaOver-140/Under+120 (2)
Spain (-1.5 -125, ML -425) 4-0 IrelandOver-135/Under+115 (2.5)
June 18Croatia 0-1 Spain (-1 -125, ML -210)Over+105/Under-125 (3)
Italy (-1.5 +115, ML -300) 2-0 IrelandOver-130/Under+110 (2.5)
Group D2-1-0 (Bankroll: $100)
June 11France (pk -140, ML +145) 1-1 EnglandOver+115/Under-135 (2)
Ukraine (pk -125, ML +155) 2-1 SwedenOver-140/Under+120 (2)
June 15Sweden 2-3 England (pk -150, ML +135)Over-135/Under+115 (2)
Ukraine 0-2 France (-.5 -105, ML -105)Over+115/Under-135 (2.5)
June 19England (-.5 -105, ML -105) 1-0 UkraineOver+100/Under-120 (2.5)
Sweden 2-0 France (-.5 -140, ML -140)Over+110/Under-130 (2.5)
6/9/12Netherlands (ML -175)
WhoScored?Netherlands, who will be without Malaga centre-back Joris Mathijsen, will find a lot of attention falling on their weakened defensive line ahead of the opener. With Mathijsen out, experienced defender Wilfried Bouma is tipped to step-in from the wilderness, having not represented his country since Euro 2008, whilst at left-back 18-year-old Jetro Willems could become the tournaments youngest ever player should he make an appearance.
The attention, therefore, will fall upon Netherlands much vaunted attacking quartet of Robin Van Persie, Ibrahim Affelay, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben to perform, ahead of a solid midfield base formed by the experienced Mark Van Bommel and Nigel de Jong. Whilst Sneijder and Affelay have not had the best of campaigns, for differing reasons, Van Persie and Robben come into the tournament full of confidence and ready to fire.Denmark, for their part, come into the championship full of confidence, with six victories from their last eight official outings. Morten Olsen, himself in the job for twelve years, has picked a side full of experience, with rising youngster Christian Eriksen then expected to add the creative touches from his advanced midfield role.
Eriksen will be supported in attacking areas by wide-men Dennis Rommedahl and Michael Krohn-Dehli, both of Brondby. Full of experience, the two wingers will look to push forward on the counter - with Niklas Bendtner waiting for service in the middle - as well as providing defensive cover for their full-backs in the face of Netherlands' wing threat. William Kvist and Niki Zimling, of Stuttgart and Club Brugge, will then provide the industry from midfield to allow Eriksen to shine further-up the pitch.
6/11/12Ukraine/Sweden Under 2 (+120)
WhoScored?It's been an interesting build-up for Ukraine, who step onto their own stage and into a sea of yellow and blue on Monday evening. An outbreak of food poisoning resulted in 10 players being taken ill, although all have recovered. Last week, coach Oleg Blokhin said the outbreak "cannot be accidental" - but the team's doctor later blamed salad served at a German hotel. Blokhin admitted his unfancied squad would have to cope with a "tornado" of interest as the game approached. His Polish counterpart, Franciszek Smuda, admitted some of his players had been "paralysed by the pressure" against Greece, but Blokhin said: "I think the fact that we are not regarded as favourites is good. There will be less pressure."
Ukraine's largely domestic-based squad has been sprinkled with younger players since the coach decided it was time to bring through younger talent. But there's experience, too - not least in the shape of Shevchenko. His know-how, along with the pace of much younger wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Evgeni Konoplienka, could be crucial in what is Ukraine's first competitive game since the unsuccessful 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. He may have complained recently that his forwards don't score enough - but Blokhin's players are more than capable of causing plenty of problems on the counter-attack, even if they are not always the most reliable in possession (or, come to that, in defence). Whether they can manage to cause those problems amid the bedlam of such a high-profile night, though, remains to be seen.
Sweden - who share Ukraine's yellow and blue colours - come in to the game in impressive form, having won their last four games. Erik Hamren's side are in good goalscoring shape and, like Ukraine, have a legendary forward - captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Containing Ibrahimovic will be crucial to Ukraine's chances of emerging with anything. The way Sweden play is considerably more adventurous than it once was: they have added a quick-passing, counter-attacking dimension to the solid (and sometimes rather dull) foundations favoured by Lars Lagerbeck, and Ibrahimovic's touch and imagination are central to it. The results have largely spoken for themselves: an excellent qualifying campaign saw them rattle in 31 goals, including three in a gung-ho win against Netherlands. But the other side of that coin has been outbreaks of the sort of defensive frailty that wasn't often witnessed under Lagerbeck, with recent friendly matches betraying shakiness in the air.
Hamren, though, isn't budging from his philosophy. "So long as we win our games and score more than the opposition, I'm happy," he said. "If we only play defensively I can guarantee fewer chances for the opposition - but we'll also create fewer chances going forward. We can't get too hung up on the defence."
6/13/12Portugal (ML -125)
WhoScored?Cristiano Ronaldo had expressed a belief that Portugal would emerge from this year's Group of Death, but defeat to Germany - while not entirely unexpected - has complicated the task. "Losing is a word we can't even let enter our minds," midfielder Miguel Veloso said ahead of a game against Denmark that could lead to a first group-stage exit in Portugal's history.
Denmark have reason to be bullish. They had been deemed the weakest link in Group B, and yet a hard-fought 1-0 victory over World Cup finalists Netherlands in their opener now offers real hope of progress. Furthermore, their recent record against Portugal is encouraging: in the teams' four clashes in the last four years, they have won twice and drawn once, and finished ahead of the Iberians in qualifying.
Portugal, though, have perhaps deserved more from their recent meetings although, given the regularity with which they have missed chances in recent times, it must be considered a failing rather than mere bad luck. Even so, they will certainly feel that - if they do take their chances - they can claim three points. "We will try to continue on our path and play well," Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. "Let's work to be a little more efficient and look for the luck we've been missing in recent games."
Portugal have a fully fit squad to choose from for the match, and Helder Postiga may find his place under threat from Hugo Almeida, who has recovered from illness. Denmark are expected to field Michael Silberbauer in place of left-back Simon Poulsen to help counter Ronaldo, while goalkeeper Stephan Andersen should keep his place after keeping a clean sheet against Netherlands.
6/15/12France (ML -105)
No doubt one of those dudes behind them....LOL