Germany will welcome the Netherlands to Volksparkstadion in the biggest match of this round of Euro 2020 qualifying on Friday.
Die Mannschaft have been perfect so far in qualifying, winning 3 out of 3. They beat the Netherlands 3-2 in their own backyard before notching up a 2-0 win over Belarus and a stunning 8-0 win over Estonia. However, Joachim Low’s men trail group C leaders Northern Ireland, who have 12 points from 4 games.Embed from Getty Images
The long-serving gaffer is looking to get Germany back on track after the dismal showing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup last year and will now aim picking up another win over the Netherlands on home soil to almost certainly seal a spot in next year’s showpiece event.
Coming to their opponents, the Dutch have played only 2 qualifying games so far, owing to their run in the UEFA Nations League right into the finals. While they did lose to Portugal, it was another step in the right direction for one of the game’s heavyweights, after missing out on the 2016 Euros and last year’s World Cup.
Ronald Koeman’s side currently have 3 points from 2 games, losing to Germany in the opening match before dispatching Belarus 4-0. While they do have games in hand over Germany and Northern Ireland, a loss here could leave too much ground to cover in the remaining games.
Thus, the clash promises to be absolutely titanic with a lot at stake for both sides and we can expect the game to live up to its billing.
In terms of team news, Germany will miss Leroy Sane, who is out with a knee injury. Serge Gnabry and Marco Reus will be expected to step up in the Manchester City winger’s absence.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands have all their key players available with all eyes on recently crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the year Virgil van Dijk and Dutch Footballer of the Year Matthijs de Ligt.
Coming to head-to-head, the duo has met thrice in the past year, primarily due to being in the same group in both the UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifying. Koeman’s side won 3-0 last October and drew 2-2 last November before Germany picked up a 3-2 away win in March to bring some balance into the rivalry.
Thus, both sides know each other well as they get ready to face each other for the 4th time under 12 months. Further, the match promises to be a goal-fest, considering over 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of the last 5 games with both teams finding the back of the net in 3 of them. These numbers apply for the last 5 meetings on German soil as well.
Teams Form and Germany vs Netherlands Prediction
In terms of form, Die Mannschaft are on a 3-game winning streak and are undefeated in their last 6. On the other hand, the Dutch have won just 1 of their last 5 games in normal time and are winless in their last 6 away games. Meanwhile, Low’s men have lost just 2 of their last 20 home games, making them slight favorites for the match.
In the end, it will all boil down to which side gets the tactics right and wants it more and we can expect both teams to share the spoils here.
Predicted Germany XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Ginter, Sule, Hector; Kroos, Gundogan, Can; Gnabry, Reus, Werner
Predicted Netherlands XI: Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; De Jong, Strootman, Wijnaldum; Promes, Babel, Depay