Netherlands and Germany go head-to-head in EURO 2020 Group C action in the pick of the weekend international matches. The blockbuster encounter between two heavyweight nations sees a resurgent Oranje led by Ronaldo Koeman gradually rebuilding after a difficult four years while Joachim Löw’s usurped World Cup winners are similarly in a state of change.
Where and when: Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam – 24 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Netherlands vs. Germany: Sky Sports Mix
Last time: Timo Werner and Leroy Sane gave Die Mannschaft a stunning two-goal lead with just 20 minutes on the clock before efforts from Quincy Promes and Virgil can Dijk in the closing stages earned the Oranje the point they needed to seal a place in the UEFA Nations League Finals.
|Netherlands to win both halves||8/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||11/2||Offer|
Netherlands vs. Germany Predictions and Preview
Netherlands shockingly failed to qualify for EURO 2016 and the World Cup in Russia two years later but looks far better placed to ensure their participation for the 2020 event. The Oranje, under the tutelage of legendary Koeman, have impressed over the last 18 months, particularly from a defensive perspective.
In Van Dijk and Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt, Netherlands arguably have the best central-defensive pairing on the continent and the duo could conceivably play together for the next decade. De Ligt has earned rave reviews and is expected to be the subject of a summer bidding war between Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid. Further forward, club colleague Frenkie De Jong has already sealed a switch to Camp Nou and is the latest talent off the Ajax conveyor belt.
Luuk de Jong is likely to lead the line for the Oranje after a fine campaign with PSV Eindhoven. The striker flattered to deceive with Premier League outfit Newcastle United but has 21 goals to his name in his homeland and is 4/1 to open the scoring. The hosts are 7/4 to clinch all three points and 9/4 to earn a draw.
Visitors Germany suffered grave embarrassment in Russia. The defending World Champions went out at the group phase and have begun a mass overhaul with Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels exiled. Despite their troubles, Die Mannschaft are still a formidable prospect and still possess Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, Joshua Kimmich and Marco Reus to help the next generation. Germany are 31/20 to claim the spoils.
One to watch for Netherlands: Memphis Depay has been a revelation in France with club side Lyon and is beginning to perform on the international stage. The former Manchester United winger is 7/2 in the last scorer market.
One to watch for Germany: Leroy Sane was the shock omission from Die Mannschaft’s World Cup squad but is back in favour. The speedster is 6/1 to net the final goal of the contest.
Long shot: The two footballing superpowers are expected to advance together through the group stage and neither will want to lose their opening match. An entertaining 2-2 scoreline is priced at 14/1.