Preview - Germay vs Netherlands 20 November 18

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Uefa Nations League A Group 1
Germany vs Netherlands
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: HDI Arena

Germany:
Last five matches form: D W L L W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.10
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.30
Top Scorer: Thomas Müller (38)

Netherlands:
Last five matches form: W L W D W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.70
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.70
Top Scorer: Memphis Depay (13)

Germany may officially have nothing to play for heading into this game having already been relegated from Group A. We suspect that will make little difference to the intensity at which this game is likely to be played though as they come against traditional rivals the Netherlands.

Revenge will be very much on the mind of the Germans having been humbled 3-0 by the Netherlands in the reverse fixture. Having beaten World Champions France last time out - and deservedly so - the Dutch now need only a point in order to top the group and make it through to the semi-final stages of the UEFA Nations League.

Julian Draxler looks set to mis out for Germany, but otherwise the two sides look to be at full strength ahead of this one.

The first game between these sides in truth wasn't anything like so one sided as the final score line would suggest with the Dutch bolstering their lead when hitting on the counter late on. We would expect there wont be too much between the two sides here, particularly as Germany now have home advantage in their favour.

Overall though results would suggest that Germany are a team in decline whilst this young Dutch side are very much a team on the up. Whether they have enough to win in such a tough environment, we aren't sure, but we do see them claiming at least a point.


Prediction: Germany 2 - 2 Netherlands

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  11 - 4
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 4
Possession: 46% - 54%

Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Joshua Kimmich were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Ovidiu Hategan also taking the name of Georginio Wijnaldum of the Netherlands.

It was Germany who flew out of the traps here as they quickly set about avenging their 3-0 defeat to the Dutch in the away game. The opening goal of the game coming in the ninth minute. Sege Gnabry flicking the ball through midfield and Timo Werner controlling well on his head before firing an excellent volleyed effort into the bottom left corner from around 20 yards.

11 minutes later it was 2-0. Toni Kroos lofting a lovely ball over the top to Leroy Sané. Sané mis-controlled slightly but maintained possession to fire an eighteen-yard effort form just to the left into the bottom right via a hefty deflection. 2-0 at the break.

Credit to the Dutch they kept to their game plan, but headed into the final five minutes here they were still 2-0 down and it looked like it would be France who would top the group.

Then five minutes from time the Dutch grabbed a lifeline. Following a concerted spell of pressure and possession Marten de Roon found Quincy Promes in a central area on the edge of the box, Delightful finish into the top right corner from Promes.

And then in the 90th minute….Tonny Vilhena did well to send in a cross from the right which was flicked on to find Virgil van Dijk ready and waiting to smash in a volley from six yards into the right hand side of the goal. 2-2 final score.

They had to do it the hard way in the end then, but a point was all they needed in order to top this group, and a point is what they achieved. It is the Netherlands who progress to the semi final stages of the competition. Topping a section containing the past two winners of the World Cup being a fine example of the current resurgence in Dutch football.



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