Netherlands – Germany (24.03.2019)

EUROPE: Euro – Qualification – Round 2

Preview
The famous footballing rivalry between the Netherlands (FIFA Rank: #14) and Germany (#16) continues here at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The neighbouring nations have clashed on 42 prior occasions, 12 of which were competitive encounters (Netherlands: W11, D16, L15).
The 4-0 win over Belarus last time out was Ronald Koeman’s largest margin of victory as Netherlands manager. The resurgent Dutch took all of 50 seconds to score last time out, which was their fastest goal since scoring after 38 seconds vs Romania in 2005.
Both managers have admirable records against their respective opposing nations. Koeman remains unbeaten after their two recent UNL clashes (W1, D1), whilst Joachim Löw is unbeaten in four of his five encounters with the Netherlands (W2, D2, L1).
The Germans have had a rough ride since last summer’s World Cup exit (W2, D3, L2). Their two victories since then, were both at home and to sides ranked lower than themselves.
Notably, Germany have failed to win in all four matches against top-twenty ranked sides since last summer’s showpiece (D2, L2) – failing to score in two of those matches.
Players to watch: “I’ll save the hat-trick for next time” said Memphis Depay after scoring a brace last time out – Depay has hit 14 goals for ‘Oranje’ which is the youngest age (25) to do so since Patrick Kluivert did it (22) back in 1999.
Germany’s Leroy Sané had as many touches in the opposition’s box as the entire Serbia team had last time out (15). He has eight goals in 25 PL appearances for Manchester City this season.
Stat attack: The Netherlands have the opportunity to level up the competitive H2H record with victory here (W3, D5, L4).
Löw is winless in each of the last three H2Hs with the Netherlands (D2, L1), with Germany failing to score in two.
The Netherlands have scored at least twice in each of their last three European qualifier matches, with each of the last four producing over 2.5 total goals.