When pundits were making their predictions at the beginning of the Euros, Greece was the last side that they thought would be preparing for the quarters. Germany, on the other hand, are expected to make the final at least.

The German side look to be made for doing well in tournaments, and after their wildly successful World Cup campaign in 2010, when they were eventually knocked out in the semi final by winners Spain, big things are expected of the squad as they look to clinch the Euro trophy.

But anything can happen in a play-off match, and with Greece the obvious underdogs, they could well work this into their favour as they get ready for Friday night.

Germany have a weapon though that has so far held his nerve amongst a great deal of pressure in the three group stage matches, with Arsenal buy Lukas Podolski already showing why the north London club made a great move in signing the star before the summer began.

Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski is showing his worth in this Euro campaign (Reuters)

According to Castrol Edge Performance data, Podolski has had a shot on goal every 61 minutes in the tournament, with the hitman scoring against Denmark to seal the side taking maximum points in the Group of Death.

But despite being on target in the all-important match-up with Denmark, Podolski is yet to hit his form from the 2010 World Cup, with the German having a shot every 31.2 minutes for his international side during their successful run two years ago.

His shooting accuracy has improved, with 29% in 2010 and 50% in the Euros. And with his future at Arsenal shored up, the star now has the chance to show that he was well worth the £11 million fee the club reportedly paid for him.

Should he have a good tournament, it may soften the blow if Robin van Persie does decide to leave Arsenal this summer, after the striker had a poor Euro campaign with Holland.