In what is undoubtedly the glamour tie of this weekend’s EURO 2020 qualifiers, a resurgent Germany will welcome their bitter rivals Holland to Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion on Friday night.
Although a torrid run of form entering 2019 had many labelling Friday’s hosts as a team in freefall, Die Mannschaft have opened their Group C campaign with three consecutive victories over Estonia, Belarus and a 3-2 win over Holland back March.
While Joachim Löw’s men might be enjoying the start of a potential revolution, Ronald Koeman’s Oranges do find themselves in the midst of a minor slump.
After watching Portugal lift the inaugural UEFA Nations League over the summer, Holland have now failed to win any of their last three matches within 90 minutes and will travel to Germany as an underdog with the bookmakers.
In what is seen to be one of the fiercest rivalries in European football, you will be interested to know that five of the last six meetings between the two former champions have produced over 2.5 goals and a similar result can be found at 4/6 with SkyBet.
Germany’s youthful revival
Finishing bottom of their group out in Russia 15 months ago and coming under heavy scrutiny, Head Coach Joachim Löw has decided to go for a squad revamp in Germany.
Opting to force the likes of Thomas Muller, Jérôme Boateng, and Matts Hummels into early international retirement, Löw’s decision to invest in youth has sparked a revival for the former world champions.
Securing a morale-boosting 8-0 victory over Estonia back in June, Germany are the only side in Group C to hold a 100% start to qualifying and are now an overwhelming favourite to clinch top spot come November.
Entering the business end of the campaign, Die Mannschaft are pencilled in as low as 1/4 with Bet365 to clinch the Group C crown.
One man to watch on Friday and someone who is really spearheading Germany’s new-look side is RB Leipzig marksman Timo Werner.
Already opening his Bundesliga account with five strikes, including a hat-trick against Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend, the 23-year-old is expected to lead the line in Hamburg and can be found at 6/4 with Ladbrokes to find the net on Friday.
Holland’s issues on the road continue
While Holland might be enjoying their own youthful revival under Head Coach Ronald Koeman, the likes of Frankie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt will know that Friday’s matchup is almost a must-win.
Despite holding two games in hand in Group C, they already sit nine points adrift of leaders Northern Ireland and are priced as high as 3/1 with Bet365 to top the group come November.
Although the former European giants may have shown some vast improvements after failing to reach back-to-back major tournaments, Koeman has a growing headache regarding Holland’s struggles outside of Amsterdam.
Including watching Portugal lift the inaugural UEFA Nations League over the summer, the Oranges have failed to win any of their last six matches on their travels, a run that stems back to March 2018.
If Holland are to clinch their first victory on German soil since 2002, then the former Everton boss will be looking for attacking talisman Memphis Depay to extend on what has been a bright start to the new Ligue 1 campaign.
Scoring four goals in his opening four domestic matchups and also finding the net in Holland’s 3-2 defeat against Germany back in March, the 25-year-old can be found at 21/10 with SkyBet to find the net in Hamburg on Friday.