International Friendly Preview: Germany v Netherlands
With Low's confidence in 4-2-3-1 at an all time high, the coach will undoubtedly be looking to further investigate his contingencies in the wake of the draw with Ukraine
By Stephen Crawford
Boateng, Mertesacker, Hummels, Aogo
Muller, Ozil, Podolski
Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Braafheid
Van Bommel, Strootman
Kuyt, Sneijder, Babel
Clearly utilising this round of friendlies to sound out a 'Plan B' formation, Joachim Low used Friday's clash against Ukraine to test an experimental 3-4-2-1 with wing-backs providing the width. Finding themselves down 3-1 at half time, Low has since admitted to scrapping the idea of three centre-backs. He has spoken of interest in using a more traditional 4-4-2 formation versus the Dutch, Miroslav Klose's fitness permitting, but whether the pair will play from the start is highly debatable, given that the coach confirmed on Monday that Mesut Ozil will be in his first XI.
Borussia Monchengladbach's Marco Reus is likely to get some playing time having rejoined the national side after recovering from a stomach virus, while Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer has been ruled out for the clash.
In the Oranje corner, Gregory van der Wiel has recovered from a groin problem and is expected to take Khalid Boulahrouz's place at right-back again. Mark van Bommel, Kevin Strootman and Klass-Jan Huntelaar were all rested against Switzerland and are expected to start against the Germans.
Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart will miss out through a hamstring problem, while Ibrahim Afellay and Arjen Robben are also notable absentees. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also requested that Van Marwijk rest Robin van Persie for this clash, so the Gunners striker also misses out.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Germany have met the Netherlands seven times before in total. Of those games, the Germans have won only once, drawing three and losing the remaining three.
- Germany have never won at home to the Netherlands.
- The match is being played at Hamburg's home ground, the Imtech Arena, familiar territory for Oranje defender Jeffrey Bruma, who unfortunately misses out due to injury.
- Netherlands striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar has scored 21 goals in 20 matches in all competitions this term at Bundesliga side Schalke.
- Equally devastating in front of goal, Mario Gomez has 20 goals in 18 appearances for club side Bayern Munich this season.
- Germany's last draw before Friday's match against Ukraine was versus Poland, which Die Mannschaft responded to by beating Turkey 3-1 away from home in the following game.
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Top 3 Predictions
Germany 2-1 Netherlands
- 20.01 %
Germany 2-0 Netherlands
- 12.9 %
Germany 3-1 Netherlands
- 11.59 %
|International Friendlies (FR)||Nov 14, 2012||Netherlands 0 - Germany 0|
|Euro 2012 (EC)||Jun 13, 2012||Netherlands 1 - Germany 2|
|International Friendlies (FR)||Nov 15, 2011||Germany 3 - Netherlands 0|
|Nov 19, 2013||England 0 - Germany 1||FR|
|Nov 15, 2013||Italy 1 - Germany 1||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Sweden 3 - Germany 5||WCQ|
|Oct 11, 2013||Germany 3 - Ireland 0||WCQ|
|Sep 10, 2013||Faroe Islands 0 - Germany 3||WCQ|
|2||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
|-||Mark van Bommel|
|8||Nigel De Jong||Midfielder|
|-||Luuk de Jong|
In fine form at club level this season, even at 33 years old, Klose tends to up his game every time he pulls on a Germany shirt. With Euro 2012 on the horizon, the striker will look to show the same hunger he always does with the national team to ensure Low keeps him as part of the plans.
With Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Rafael van der Vaart out, Sneijder will shoulder the burden of creativity for the most part. Huntelaar may know how to find the net, but Wesley will be looked at more often than not to clear the striker a path.
A notoriously difficult one to call given Joachim Low's philosophy for this round of friendlies, the efficiency we're used to seeing from the Germans may be missing again, allowing history to favour the Dutch yet again for a narrow away win.
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