A much-improved Netherlands entertain a Germany side who appear in transition on Sunday in what is the highlight of the day’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The two countries have a bitter rivalry that will be renewed in Amsterdam this weekend – and plenty are expecting the Dutch to come out on top against the 2014 world champions, whose crown has slipped in the past 12 months.
Germany used to be relied upon for their winning consistency but all that changed in Russia last summer when they failed to get out of their group in the World Cup.
Plenty of people expected them to bounce back in the Nations League but they couldn’t win a single game in the inaugural edition, losing and drawing to the Dutch along the way, as their unexpected failure and poor form spread.
They now begin their European Championship qualifying campaign with a tough assignment in Holland, where they lost 3-0 in October, and a home win looks the astute bet, with best odds of 31/20 available.
Germany coach Joachim Low, who has risked the wrath of senior players by calling time on the international careers of great servants like Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, could only oversee a 1-1 home friendly draw with Serbia in the build-up and the Dutch can exploit their obvious vulnerability.
In contrast, Ronald Koeman has got the Oranje going again after they failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and the last World Cup. They have bounced back and are into the Nations League finals, fuelled by impressive performances from in-form key men Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay.
Koeman’s men easily outclassed Belarus in their first qualifier on Thursday, winning 4-0, and will take plenty of confidence into the Germany clash. It’s unlikely to be as straightforward in this second game but 2-0 to the hosts, backable at a routinely available 12/1, is advised.