Germany v Netherlands is one of European football’s fiercest rivalries, so expect goals when they meet in Hamburg.
Familiarity has only help breed contempt between these neighbours. Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier between the Germans and Dutch is their fourth encounter in 11 months.
All of those battles contained at least three goals, so another open game looks likely. Despite the presence of Ballon d’Or favourite Virgil van Dijk in Dutch ranks, this isn’t a vintage Netherlands defence.
Four of Clockwork Orange’s last five games have contained four goals or more. The Netherlands have kept just one clean sheet in those.
Given Dutch national boss Ronald Komean was a goalscoring defender, it’s not all that surprising. An expansive style and Total Football are sporting hallmarks of this country.
The Germans haven’t been strong defensively of late either. Joachim Low’s lads have shipped five goals in as many matches with three of those containing four or more too.
Germany v Netherlands promises over 3.5 goals
Plenty points to a glut of goals, then. Germany v Netherlands is a very unpredictable fixture results wise, but there is a history of the net bulging regularly.
That goes back way beyond recent encounters. Everyone but the defenders on either side seems to raise their game.
Over 3.5 goals happening again at 33/20 with Unibet after the 2-2 UEFA Nations League draw in Mainz and 2-3 in Amsterdam looks a sound bet.
Both German and Dutch national squads contain more or less the same players involved in those results in November and March.
It would be foolish to expect anything different from them here. An open game that is great for football neutrals but hard on fans of either side is sure to be absorbing.
A glut of goals usually graces this fixture. With attacking talents like Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Memphis Depay, it’s easy to see why.
Bet of the Day: 33/20 with Unibet, over 3.5 goals in Germany v Netherlands Euro 2020 qualifier.