Two traditional European big beasts come into this game licking their wounds. The Netherlands have failed to qualify for the last two major international tournaments, while Germany had a disastrous time at the World Cup this summer.
Where and when: Johan Cruyff Arena – 13 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Netherlands vs. Germany: Sky Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: The teams played out a goalless draw when they last met in a friendly six years ago.
Netherlands v Germany Predictions and Preview
The Nations League has its critics, but there’s no doubt that it keeps serving up some mouthwatering games. With world champions France in the same group as these two countries, both Germany and the Netherlands could use the three points on Saturday.
The hosts are in the midst of a major rebuilding process that’s being headed by Ronald Koeman, who is integrating a clutch of talented youngsters into the national team. Ajax trio Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Donny van de Beek are all aged 21 and under, while Justin Kluivert has flown the nest to join Roma in Serie A.
Kluivert may be absent from this squad, but Ryan Babel and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen are the only two players who are aged over 29. There isn’t a lot of experience in the Dutch ranks, and the Germans will look to take advantage of that here.
|Second half highest scoring||10/11||Offer|
|Holland to win 3-1||22/1||Offer|
|Germany to win and BTTS||29/10||Offer|
Joachim Low also has a rebuilding job on his hands after exiting the World Cup at the group stage. There’s also some work to be done to restore harmony after Mesut Ozil’s acrimonious retirement. This Germany side still has lashings of quality though, with the likes of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Marco Reus all reporting for duty.
The visitors began their Nations League campaign with a goalless draw at home to France, and Die Mannschaft start as the favourites in the betting, priced at 23/20. The Netherlands are 13/5, after the Oranje were beaten by Les Bleus in Paris last month. If you think this game will end in a draw, that’s available at 27/10.
One to watch for Netherlands: Frenkie de Jong has attracted the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs, and he looks a real talent. With just two caps to his name so far, the midfielder is 25/1 to open his Oranje account with the game’s first goal.
One to watch for Germany: Timo Werner had a forgettable summer in Russia, but there’s no doubt he’s another of the hottest young prospects in Europe. He has four goals in seven Bundesliga matches so far this term, and is 9/2 to score first.
Long shot: The Netherlands last beat Germany back in 2002, while their last competitive victory over Die Mannschaft was at Euro 92. Both of those games finished 3-1 to the Oranje, and Koeman’s side are 22/1 to win by the same scoreline here.