Holland vs Germany
Holland vs Germany betting preview
Holland headed into the tournament as one of the favourites but a 1 – 0 defeat to Denmark means they approach this game with the possibility of going out at the group stage. Despite dominating much of the game, strikers Robin van Persie and Klaas jan Huntelaar, so prolific for their clubs, were unable to convert the chances that fell their way. They went into the tournament in decent form, with their last game being a comfortable 6 – 0 victory over an inexperienced Northern Ireland side. They have been a little inconsistent of late though, with defeats to Bulgaria, Sweden and Wednesday’s opponents Germany. The Netherlands are certainly strongest in attack, with the luxury of having two of the highest-scoring strikers in European football in Van Persie and Huntelaar. These are supplied by fellow big names such as Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Ibrahim Afellay and Rafael van der Vaart. Their defence is seen as a weakness however with their back four and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg all looking shaky of late. Coach Bert van Marwijk has tried to address this by playing two holding midfielders to protect the defence, in Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong. It will be interesting to see how the Dutch back line respond to the German’s fluid attack.
Germany were another of the fancied teams that played poorly in their opening game. They managed to snatch a 1 – 0 win over Portugal thanks to a Mario Gomez header but will have to play much better against a Holland team that need to bounce back quickly after their shock opening defeat to Denmark. They headed into the tournament in poor form with an unconvincing win over Israel following back to back defeats to Switzerland and France. Alarmingly in the Switzerland game, a shaky looking defence managed to concede 5 goals but back to back clean sheets will provide new confidence. At the other end, the German’s have scored in their last seventeen games, with an impressive attack containing the likes of Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller with Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger provided the ammunition.
Holland vs Germany betting tips
Draw – 3.1 at William Hill
Both teams to score – 1.70 at William Hill
Both teams are known for playing a lone striker but it will be interesting to see what van Marwijk does as his Holland team look to get a much needed win. Both Van Persie and Huntelaar could be handed starts up front in what will surely be a very attacking Dutch team. As previously stated, both teams have strong attacking options compared to defence so goals can be expected here. The fact that these two were the top scorers in qualifying back up this prediction. It’s hard to call a winner in this one so my prediction would be a draw, setting up an interesting final game to decide who qualifies.
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