Both teams reached the latter stage of the 2010 World Cup, with the Germans losing to Spain in the semi-finals before the Dutch were edged out in the final by the same side. However, Bert van Marwijk’s team are in danger of tumbling out of this tournament prematurely.
Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Denmark was not on the cards and immediately puts Holland under pressure when it comes to reaching the last eight stage, with the manager having to work out tactics to face a German side that have three points under their belt.
The Dutch are a 12/5 chance (Sportingbet free £50 bet) to win this game in Kharkiv and throw Group B wide open, especially if Portugal are able to do the same against Denmark which would mean all to play for in the final round of matches.
Victory is certainly not beyond the men in orange who have lots of attacking zest thanks to Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin Van Persie. It might be the case that Van Marwijk goes for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as a partner for the Arsenal striker, with any thought of playing for a draw having gone out of the window.
RVP was guilty of missing his team’s best chance against the Danes when failing to control the ball and he will be revved up for this match, with William Hill offering 7/1 that he breaks the deadlock and scores the first Netherlands goal of the tournament.
Robben will be up against several of his Bayern Munich team-mates and Hills are prepared to go 11/1 that he gets the better of Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Manuel Neuer by scoring the first goal of the game.
However, Germany huffed and puffed before eventually blowing the house down against the Portuguese and they will be confident of finding a way past the Netherlands, who could be caught between trying to defend solidly and attacking for all their worth.
Joachim Low’s side look a decent shout at 7/5 (bet365), with Mesut Ozil set to get on the ball and control the match and Mario Gomez now feeling good about his chances of more goals after that well-taken header to seal the points on Saturday.
It doesn’t seem unreasonable to back Gomez at 6/1 to score the first goal of this match and you could do worse than a Gomez 1-0 scorecast at odds of around 20/1, with this match likely to be just as cagey as the previous one involving the Germans.