The Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam will be packed to the rafters on Saturday evening, with thousands of Netherlands supporters clad in orange hoping to witness the start of a footballing renaissance against a European powerhouse.
Several Dutch clubs have shone brightly in European competition this season and now Ronald Koeman will aim to show that this proud football nation are capable of competing against the other top countries across the continent.
As you might expect, the Netherlands are the outsiders to claim victory over Germany, with the home side having acquitted themselves well in Saint-Denis last month when losing 2-1 against a buoyant French side who were still enjoying the post-World Cup glow.
Ryan Babel was formerly on the books at Liverpool, although the Besiktas player is now among the elder statesmen in the squad and he’s 12/1 with William Hill to score the opening goal of the game and potentially set his team on the way to victory.
Germany are a shade of odds-on with some bookmakers unwilling to oppose a team that underwhelmed massively at the World Cup, and perhaps this is behind the thinking of the BetVictor trader who has decided to offer 21/20 about an away win in this game.
The Low Draw
Jogi Low remains in charge and can clearly dine off former glories for now, with his team held at home to a goalless draw by France in their inaugural UEFA Nations League clash and failing to carve out meaningful chances. With this in mind, BetVictor have 18/5 that this clash ends all square which would keep the group open.
Leroy Sane is now back in the squad along with more experienced campaigners such as Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller.
Following that goalless draw against France, the Germans then beat Peru 2-1 in a friendly and they’ll be keen to retain that winning feeling against a team built for the future, with the visitors available at 11/4 with BetVictor to win the game with both sides finding the net.
It might sound ridiculous, but this match actually offers the Netherlands’ best chance of winning a game, in what is a tough group, and perhaps they’ll play an offensive brand of football accordingly.
Offensive or Defensive?
The bookies are anticipating a few goals being scored and William Hill are bravest with their quote of 8/11 about Over 2.5 Goals while you can go even further and lump on Over 3.5 Goals at odds of 2/1 with Unibet which could go close.
Conversely, the Netherlands will welcome Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum into the squad, after the pair helped the Reds stop Manchester City from scoring on Sunday, with the former offering a rock-like presence at the back.
The home crowd will hope their team can draw first blood before closing the game out and bet365 have 12/1 that the Dutch can win the game by a 1-0 winning scoreline and send the majority of the supporters at the game home happy.