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International friendly - preview and odds: Germany vs. Netherlands


Published on: 16/11/2015

Two defeats in three for Germany

Germany will play the Netherlands just four days after a coordinate series of terrorist attacks was carried out in Paris. The Germans were playing France in the Stade de France where three bombers detonated explosive vests outside of the stadium. The blasts could be heard from inside the stadium but it was not until after the game that the players became fully aware of the gravity of the situation.

While the tragedy was unfolding off the pitch, the Germans were being beaten on it. They eventually fell 2-0 to France in what was their second defeat in their last three games in all formats. The other defeat came at the hands of the Republic of Ireland in the European Qualifiers.

They now face a Netherlands team that is still reeling from their failure to qualify for the 2016 European Championships.

Netherlands

For the Netherlands, this game represents the next step in their rebuilding process following their failure to qualify for next summer’s European Championships in France. They enjoyed a 3-2 win in Wales on Friday night and are now looking to beat Germany for the first time since 2002.

It is expected that current Coach Danny Blind will remain in charge of the squad when they begin their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign next year. Since taking over from Guus Hiddink in July, Blind has led the Dutch to two wins and four defeats. His only competitive win as boss of the Oranje came against Kazakhstan back in October.

Team news

Germany will field a much-changed team on Tuesday with Manuel Neuer, Luksa Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger all being rested, while Jonas Hector and Jerome Boateng will be missing through injury. Midfielder Leroy Sane has joined up with the U-21 side.

Netherlands have their own injury issues with Eljero Elia, Virgil van Dijk and Riechedly Bazoer all out with various ailments. Meanwhile, Jurgen Locadia of PSV Eindhoven has received a call up and could make his first appearance for the Netherlands.

Recent form (all comps)

Germany: LWLWW

Netherlands: WLWLL

Betting odds and tips

This friendly features two teams that have been playing well below par. However, Germany’s form has been nowhere near as bad as that of the Netherlands. With a mixture of new faces and absences on Tuesday, both side can be expected to field experimental line-ups, but Germany should still have the quality to prevail.

In the light of recent events, the result of the game will probably not be that important but Germany will still be keen to maintain their long unbeaten run against their rivals. The home win can be backed at 3/4 with Bet365.

Published on: 16/11/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (16/11/2015 13:23:58) but are subject to change.