Germany v Netherlands: Far from friendly

This match is going to be a real battle on the pitch

Germany host the Netherlands at the Imtech arena, in Hamburg, on Tuesday. Both teams are coming off draws last week; Joachim Loew's Germany came from two goals down to snatch a 3-3 draw away to Ukraine, while the Netherlands’ home match against Sweden ended goalless.

Loew experimented with a three-man back line against the Ukraine, which left them vulnerable to counter-attacks, and although he has expressed that his experiment worked he will revert back to the conventional back-four against the Netherlands.

Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos will be very dangerous in this match as he will be brimming with confidence after smashing home a superb goal last week from 25 yards out for the Germans.

The Dutch side will be without Robin Van Persie as they have agreed to Arsenal's request to not play the striker and protect him from injury. They will also be missing the in-form, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Rafael Van Der Vaart, who came off during the match against Sweden with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Ryan Babel looked in fine form in last week's international match and is looking set to be one of the teams key-player's in what will be a match full of rivalry. Van Bommel, the Dutch captain and AC Milan midfielder, has quoted ''friendly matches do not exist any more, especially against the Germans.''

This match is going to be a real battle on the pitch and looks as though it could go either way. Germany will be a team full of confidence having not lost in their last six international matches. However, taking into consideration the rivalry between these two side's and that in the last four head-to-head's in Germany their has been three score draws, I'm inclined to feel that this will go the same way. 

Recommended Bets:

The teams to draw @ 12/5 with Bet365

Both teams to score @ 8/13 with Boylesports 

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 14/11/2011 - 11:00 AM
Filed in:- Euro 2012 Betting News

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