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Netherlands vs Germany - Match Preview

12 Oct 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL: UEFA Nations League, League A, Gr. 1
INTERNATIONAL: UEFA Nations League, League A, Gr. 1

Netherlands

  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • L

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
13 October 2018

Germany

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 13 October 2018

The second international break of the domestic season brings the return of the UEFA Nations League with some heavyweight clashes headlining. One of those fixtures sees the Netherlands play host to Germany in Group A1 at the Amsterdam ArenA.

STATS

  • Netherlands have only played once so far in the Nations League after failing to qualify for the World Cup over the summer. In that game, they were beaten 2-1 by world champions France after Olivier Giroud netted a winner with little over 15 minutes left. Following eight wins from 10 internationals, they are now on a run of just two in six which may be their downfall in the Nations League.
  • Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign ended with them crashing out after just three group stage matches. They followed that up with a goalless draw against France in their first fixture in the newly formed Nations League. The Germans have won three of their last six international fixtures but their last away win came almost a year ago, against Northern Ireland.
  • Memphis Depay looks like his country’s new talisman with three goals in his last five Netherlands matches.
  • Germany have struggled to find a prolific goalscorer over the last few years and that was apparent at the World Cup as Timo Werner failed to impress despite plenty of hope.

HEAD TO HEAD

One of the biggest international rivalries of all-time has been very even since the turn of the century. Both teams have won two of the last seven meetings with three draws but Netherlands haven’t beaten Germany since 2002. The last fixture between the two ended goalless back in November 2012 while the last competitive one, at Euro 2012, saw Germany run out 2-1 winners.

NETHERLANDS NEWS

Ronald Koeman hasn’t been in his position as Netherlands boss for long so he won’t be happy to see a handful of injuries ahead of an important game. Davy Propper, Kenny Tete, Terence Kongolo, Justin Buklow and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all miss out.

Latest matches: Netherlands

09.09.2018 UEFA France Netherlands 2:1 L
06.09.2018 Int. Netherlands Peru 2:1 W
04.06.2018 Int. Italy Netherlands 1:1 D
31.05.2018 Int. Slovakia Netherlands 1:1 D
26.03.2018 Int. Portugal Netherlands 0:3 W

GERMANY NEWS

Joachim Low doesn’t have it much easier as some of his key players are nursing injuries. Leon Goretzka and Kevin Trapp pulled out of the squad after Marco Reus and Antonio Rudiger confirmed they weren’t available for selection.

Latest matches: Germany

09.09.2018 Int. Germany Peru 2:1 W
06.09.2018 UEFA Germany France 0:0 D
27.06.2018 Worl South Korea Germany 2:0 L
23.06.2018 Worl Germany Sweden 2:1 W
17.06.2018 Worl Germany Mexico 0:1 L

SUMMARY

Netherlands have struggled massively over the last few years and after missing the last two major tournaments, you’d have to fancy Germany but they haven’t done much better recently. The visitors are slight favourites but with both sides facing goal-scoring struggles, backing under 2.5 goals might be wise. Depay is in good form and he has a great chance of finding the back of the net is he starts on Saturday.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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