Some are calling this the "Group of Death," but bear in mind that only two teams have to advance and I feel it's pretty clear which teams will advance.
Denmark will have to rely on Nicklas Bendtner for much of their offense, with help from gifted young attacking midfielder, Christian Eriksen. Bendtner is skilled and talented to be sure, but he has always struck me as lacking intensity to the point of nonchalance. He'll need to be set up well and Eriksen has the playmaking skills to do that, but he has all too often seemed invisible for club and country at critical moments. Denmark's fine goalkeeper, Thomas Sorensen is out of the tournament due to a back injury and Anders Lindegaard will probably be the starter instead. In a weaker group they might have had a chance, but I don't see them going through.
Germany is deep in every position and plays excellent fundamental football. Their forwards scored an aggregate of 24 goals in qualifying and they have an excellent playmaker in Mesut Ozil, whose play will be critical for them if they plan to win this competition. Their goal differential was plus 27 in qualification.
The Netherlands is the other formidable team in this group. If Robin Van Persie can continue his remarkable year at Arsenal in this tournament, alongside Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who scored 48 goals in all competitions for Schalke, complemented by Rafael Van der Vaart, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder (assuming he stays healthy), they possess one of the most formidable and well balanced attacks. What will be critical for their success will be how their defense responds and this is where I would give Germany an edge in this group. Much of the talk seems to indicate that their harsh behavior in the 2010 World Cup Final is a thing of the past. I truly hope so. They have a terrific tradition of skill and lovely play. I look forward to seeing that again. They had a plus 29 goal differential in qualification
Portugal squeaked through in qualification (plus 7 goal differential including the Bosnia playoff), continues to rely primarily on Cristiano Ronaldo for much of its attack and Nani to a lesser extent and gave up 4 goals to Cyprus and 3 to Iceland in qualification. Their central midfield is fairly solid with Raúl Meirelles, João Moutinho and Miguel Veloso, but they are in a tough group.
I believe, to no one's surprise that Germany and the Netherlands go through to the quarterfinals.