Germany v Greece Line Up Preview. Euro 2012

A match that has a lot of political undertones but the focus should solely be on the football. Greece knocked out the much fancied Russians and anyone who thinks that this will be an easy victory for Germany only has to remember what happened in 2004. Germany go into the match as the only nation to have won all three of the group matches but have still to play to their potential. They have been solid without being spectacular. Both sides go into the match without any major injury concerns but Greece manager Fernando Santos will be without captain Giorgos Karagounis and Jose Holebas through suspension. While for Joachim Low the only major decision he has to make is whether to stick with Lars Bender at right-back, who scored the winner against Denmark or choose Jerome Boateng who returns from suspension.

Possible line-ups for Germany v Greece.

  • Low does not like to tinker with his sides too much so they should start as expected with Boateng returning at right back. Germany have attacking options on the bench in Mario Gotze and Marco Reus. Main playmaker Mesut Ozil has been fantastic and frustrating at the same time in this tournament. If he doesn’t preform expect him to make way for Gotze or Reus.
  • Mario Gomez will continue to lead the line for Germany. He is the joint top goal-scorer with three goals but he has still comes in for criticism from the media in his home land. His work-rate has been questioned but what can’t be question is his ability to take his chances. He has been in procession of the ball for 22 seconds and has scored three goals. Clinical.
  • Greece first choice keeper Kostas Chalkias is out with a hamstring injury so Michalis Sifakis will start in goal.
  • With Karagounis suspended his spot in midfield is up for grabs. Grigoris Makos came on for him against Russia and he may start against Germany. But the experienced Giorgos Fotakis or playmaker Sotiris Ninis could also be an option.
  • Greece will line-up in a 4-3-3 formation but more likely they will play 4-5-1. They will look to stifle the German attacks and rely on the defensive solidarity that they famous for. Playing with five in midfield allows Makos(?), Maniatis and Katsouranis to play closer to each other to limit the space for Ozil and co to operate in.
  • Defending will only help to shut out your opponent so Greece will look to score as well. They showed they are capable of playing football, in the second half against Poland they were arguably better than the co-hosts, even though they were down to ten men. Fanis Gekas will be charged with leading the line but Dimitris Salpigidis will also be a threat from out wide. His work-rate was one of the reasons Greece turned the match around against Poland.
  • With Greece potentially ‘parking the bus’ in front of their goal set pieces may become key to this match for both sides. Also Mats Hummels may have a vital role to play in this match. His performance in defense have been outstanding for Germany but what might have been over looked is his runs from deep with the ball. He may find room to exploit with so many other team-mates marked by the Greeks.
  • All the pressure is on Germany to perform in this match. As perviously mentioned they have yet to really play to their potential and many will be expecting them to finally click in this match. While the Greeks weren’t even expected to make it this far. Greece will be under no pressure and so can that kind of freedom can allow them to sit back and wait to hit Germany on the break.
  • Bastan Schweinsteiger will again be the main man for Germany. His runs from deep and his partnership with Sami Khedira has proved vital to Germany’s success. Whoever partners Maniatis and Katsouranis in midfield will try to test them defensively and take the game to them, something that the Germans may not be expecting.
  • German’s Holger Badstuber is a yellow card away from suspension. For Greece Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Dimitris Salpingidis and Vasilis Torosidis are all in the same situation.
  • Prediction: Germany 1 Greece 0. Germany should win this game but it will not be as easy as many may think. Greece will put up a real fight.

Joachim Low will be hoping to lead Germany to the semi-final’s for the fourth time.

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