Netherlands host their arch-rivals Germany in a UEFA EURO 2020 qualification group C match on Sunday evening, kicking off at 8:45pm local time. It’s always a huge match when these two huge footballing nations meet, as there is more to play for than just points alone.

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Home Team: Netherlands

Netherlands narrowly missed out on the World Cup final in 2014, which saw their rivals Germany conquer the world, winning their 4th World Cup. Following that, Netherlands had a few disappointing campaigns, which saw them fail to qualify for both the European Championships in 2016, and the World Cup in 2018. However, they have started to restore pride in the national team, as they won their UEFA Nations League group that contained their upcoming opponents Germany, and World Cup winners France.

They will be in the final four in the first ever UEFA Nations Finals this summer, and have already secured a play-off for the European Championships if they fail to secure a top two spot in their group. Virgil Van Dyke has been the player impressing everyone, with his performances at Liverpool this season, as some pundits are suggesting he could be the best in the world in his position. At the other end of the pitch, Dutch manager Ronald Koeman opts for Memphis Depay who has been excellent for Lyon since his departure of Manchester United. Will this new-look Netherlands side be able to stun the Germans again?

Away Team: Germany

The German national team don’t usually go through rough patches throughout their history, but it’s fair to say that 2018 was arguably the worst year in German football history. Their performance at the World Cup was their worst for over 60 years, finishing bottom in a group that included Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. Germany then were drawn in a group in the UEFA Nations League with Netherlands and France, where they picked up two points out of a possible 12, losing to both of them away from home. Manager Joachim Lowe remains the German manager, despite being under a lot of pressure, and believes he is the man to turn the team around.

He has recently made bold decisions, by stating that he won’t be picking star players such as Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng in future squads as he looks for a ‘new beginning’ with his team. Germany’s performances in 2018 were incredibly sub-standard, so everyone apart of the football nation will hope they return to their best, and secure qualification for the European Championships next summer. They certainly have the squad capable of challenging, with Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Thilo Kehrer looking to have bright futures.

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Head to Head

The sides have met 42 times in their history, with Germany winning 15, and Netherlands winning 11. Out of those 42 meetings, only 12 have been in competitive matches. The sides met last autumn, as Netherlands beat Germany at home in an emphatic 3-0 victory. The return saw Germany take an early 2-0 lead, but two late goals saw Netherlands rescue a 2-2 draw. Prior to Netherland’s 3-0 thrashing last October, Germany did go 26 years without losing a competitive match on Dutch soil.

The sides have met many times in historical matches, such as Netherlands beating Germany in the European Championship semi-finals back in 1988, and also Germany winning the World Cup final in Germany, against Netherlands in 1974.

Predictions and Betting Tips Netherlands vs Germany

bet now betting on footballThe bookmakers can barely split the sides chances for this match, with Netherlands at 7/5, and Germany at 7/4. A draw is priced at 12/5. I believe Netherlands have a more settled side, and with home advantage is this fixture, I’d tip them to nick it. It won’t be another 3-0 like last autumn, so I expect a 2-1 win at 8/1.

 For the goal scorers, I’d back Luuk de Jong to score first for the hosts at 9/2, and for the visitors, Marco Reus is at 15/8 to score at any time. To really boost your earnings on those players, you can back either of them to score in the first 10 minutes at 18/1. Finally, if you want to back Germany in some capacity, it may be worth betting on them to win in a ‘Draw No Bet’, at 10/11, meaning you’ll get your return back if they were to only get a draw.

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