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Germany v Netherlands, Euro 2020, Group C
Kick-off: 7:45pm, Friday September 6th
Preview by Will Reilly
They share a border and are fierce rivals. Germany v Holland (or Netherlands) is always a meaningful fixture, regardless of the status of the game.
The fact that this one could impact upon their chances of qualifying for next year’s European Championship adds a fair bit of extra spice.
Going into the match, Germany have nine points from three games in Group C and a very healthy goal-difference of plus-11. They sit second in the table behind Northern Ireland, who have a 100% record after four matches.
Holland are currently third in the group, having won one and lost one of their two games played so far. That defeat came at home to Germany on March 24th. Having come from 2-0 down that night they eventually lost out to an added-time strike from Nico Schultz.
The Dutch can ill afford to lose again when the teams meet in Hamburg on Friday (KO 7:45pm).
Germany are unbeaten in six matches since last November and have risen to number six in the world rankings. They have scored two-or-more goals in five of those six matches, winning four of them and scoring 19 goals.
That stat is skewed by an 8-0 home win against Belarus in a Euro 2020 qualifier on June 11 but is, nonetheless, impressive. Furthermore, they have kept three clean sheets in that sequence of matches.
Their top scorer in those six matches is the currently-injured Leroy Sané (5), followed by Serge Gnabry (4).
Holland have won just one of their last four matches in 90 minutes of play – 4-0 against Belarus in a Euro 2020 qualifier on March 21 – but did reach the Nations League final on June 9, where they lost 1-0 to Portugal.
In a Nations League qualifier on October 12 they beat Germany 3-0 and drew 2-2 in Germany on November 19.
However, Germany have recovered well from what looked like a watershed period in the current squad’s evolution, one that was triggered by a poor performance in the 2018 World Cup.
Memphis Depay has scored seven goals in Holland’s last ten matches. Holland have scored in nine of those ten games but have kept just three clean sheets. Seven of the ten have produced over 2.5 goals.
With the exception of Germany’s Leroy Sané (knee), both countries appear to have a clean bill of health.
VERDICT / TIPS:
Germany are traditionally very strong at home in qualifiers for major tournaments and, quite rightly, start as favourites for this match.
Holland have won all bar one of their last six home matches, but haven’t won any of their last four away from home.
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