Netherlands - Germany Preview: Old foes clash in Amsterdam
Oranje were eliminated from Euro 2012 by their arch rivals, and will be hoping to exact revenge when they entertain Joachim Low's side on Wednesday
By Enis Koylu
Van Rhijn, Heitinga, Martins Indi, Willems
Van Ginkel, De Jong, Van der Vaart
Kuyt, Huntelaar, Robben
Howedes, Hummels, Mertesacker, Lahn
L. Bender, S. Bender
Muller, Gotze, Reus
Netherlands will be missing a number of players for the visit of their neighbours. Maarten Stekelenburg's absence will afford Tim Krul a start in goal, while Gregory van der Wiel has not been included, leaving Ricardo van Rhijn to start at right-back.
In midfield, Wesley Sneijder and Kevin Stootman are out, meaning that Rafael van der Vaart and Nigel de Jong could start in a trio with 19-year-old Vitesse star Marco van Ginkel, who will be making his first appearance for Oranje.
Dirk Kuyt, Arjen Robben and Ibrahim Afellay will all be competing for places on the wings, but Robin van Persie's thigh injury means that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is almost guaranteed to start as a striker, though Bas Dost could make his international debut.
Meanwhile, Germany have also been hit with a host of withdrawals, allowing Joachim Low to experiment with some fringe players. Rene Adler has been called up, and can expect to play some part in goal, but Manuel Neuer remains likely to start.
At the back, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Marcel Schmelzer are all out, so Philipp Lahm should switch to the left, with Per Mertesacker partnering Mats Hummels in the middle and Benedikt Howedes making a rare appearance on the right.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos are ill, while Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil have knocks, allowing the Bender twins and Mario Gotze to take up the midfield positions, injuries to Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose could give Lukas Podolski a rare start in the No.9 role.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Netherlands began life under Louis van Gaal with a friendly against another country with whom they share a border - Belgium.
- Marco van Basten and Ronald Koeman scored as Oranje came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over West Germany en route to their only major title to date - Euro 1988.
- A total of six players from Van Gaal's squad ply their trade in the Bundesliga, including Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (both pictured, right).
- (West) Germany sealed their second World Cup triumph by coming from behind to beat Oranje 2-1 in Munich in 1974.
- A host of Nationalelf regulars, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller were coached by Van Gaal during his time at Bayern Munich, which ended in 2011.
- The 4-4 draw with Sweden last month was the first time that Germany had scored four goals and not won a match in their history.
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Top 3 Predictions
Netherlands 1-2 Germany
- 15.33 %
Netherlands 2-1 Germany
- 13.6 %
Netherlands 1-3 Germany
- 13.44 %
|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||Netherlands 0 - Colombia 0||FR|
|Nov 16, 2013||Netherlands 2 - Japan 2||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Turkey 0 - Netherlands 2||WCQ|
|Oct 11, 2013||Netherlands 8 - Hungary 1||WCQ|
|Sep 10, 2013||Andorra 0 - Netherlands 2||WCQ|
|-||Bruno Martins Indi||Defender|
|-||Ricardo van Rhijn|
|8||Nigel De Jong||Midfielder|
|23||Rafael van der Vaart||Midfielder|
|-||Stefan de Vrij||Defender|
|-||Marco van Ginkel|
Arjen Robben has been in unsteady form since returning from a muscle injury at the end of October, missing a string of chances for Bayern Munich, particularly in the 6-1 win over Lille last week. However, he has a chance to play himself into some form against some familiar opponents on Wednesday, and as he has proved so many times before, he can never be written off.
After a poor run of form, Lukas Podolski has found himself dropped from the Germany team, with Joachim Low preferring to use Marco Reus or Andre Schurrle in the left-wing berth that used to be his own. However, with Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez injured, he has a chance to impress in his preferred role up front and sent a message to his coach at both club and international level.
One thing's for certain going into this match - we are going to see plenty of goals, as both sides possess a huge array of talent going forward, and defences with patchy records of late. However, out of the two teams, I'd back Germany to nick it due to their excellent record against Netherlands in recent years.
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