Preview - Netherlands vs Germany 14 October 18

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Uefa Nations League A Group 1
Netherlands vs Germany
Sunday, September 14th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Amsterdam Arena

Last five matches form: W D D W L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.70
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.70
Top Scorer: Memphis Depay (11)

Last five matches form: L W L D W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.00
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.20
Top Scorer: Thomas Müller (38)

Possibly the pick of the weekends Uefa Nations League fixtures comes in Holland as an improving Dutch side play host to a Germany outfit on the comeback trail following that desperately disappointing World Cup campaign.

The Netherlands could hardly have been given a tougher assignment for their first Uefa Nations League match as they took on World Champions France in Paris. In truth they weren't in the game for long periods but did finish strongly and only went down 2-1 in the end in what was a respectable performance.

Germany also played France in their Nations League opener and more than matched the current kings of the world game in a goalless draw. Quite what went wrong at the World Cup remains something of a mystery, although the side does still be looking to be missing the more traditional style centre forward which has often been a feature of their sides.

The Netherlands just hold the edge in this fixture overall with eight wins to seven for Germany. Ten games have ended in a draw.

We like the look of this Dutch side going forward, and much like Germany if they can find a real goal getter they could rate a threat to the big sides. This is a big test for the home side, but we fancy them to secure a point.

Prediction: Netherlands 2 - 2 Germany


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  11 - 17
Shots on target: 6 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 12
Possession: 44% - 56%

No bookings in this one as referee Cuneyt Cakir kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

A huge result for the Netherlands and the biggest sign yet that the green shoots of recovery are beginning to emerge following the drought of recent years. The Netherlands certainly weren't perfect here - looking a little unorganised at the back at times - but with players of the quality of Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt, that is a kink which will surely be ironed out in time, particularly with Ronald Koeman in charge.

It was van Dijk who made his presence felt at the other end of the pitch to hand the Dutch the lead on the half hour mark. Ryan Babel's header from a corner coming back off the cross bar with the big defender being ready and waiting to nod the rebound home.

Thomas Müller, much like the rest of the Germany side was out of sorts tonight and missed the best of Germany's chances when only able to find the side netting. 1-0 at the break.

Germany were notably better in the second half, particularly following the introductions of Julian Draxler and Leroy Sané, with the pace and directness of the Manchester City man in particular causing problems. Sané really ought to have equalised when played in in the left hand side of the area though, but could only fire wide of the right hand upright.

The home side grabbed the crucial second goal when hitting Germany on the counter in the 87th minute. Good break down the right-hand side ending with Quincy Promes finding Memphis Depay in acres of space in the area. The Lyon man having time to control and finish under Manuel Neuer.

Still time for one more as Germany coughed up possession in the centre of the park once again. Georginio Wijnaldum scoring the goal of the game when dancing past two defenders before finishing right into the bottom left corner. 3-0 final score.

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