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The old foes face off in Petach Tikva in their first fixture of a daunting group - we think the match to live up to predictions with plenty of goalmouth action

One of international football’s fiercest rivalries is reignited on Thursday night, as Germany face the Netherlands in the European Under-21 Championship.

The pair have been drawn alongside holders Spain and Russia in the tournament’s ‘Group of Death’, meaning defeat in this opener could prove fatal to their hopes of progressing to the semi-finals.

Having breezed through qualification with 10 wins and two draws, Rainer Adrion’s men are slight favourites to secure a crucial win in this game, at odds of 29/20 (2.45) with BetVictor.

However, the Oranje won eight and lost just one of their 10 qualifiers and are priced up at 19/10 (2.90) to come out on top in a tight encounter.

Alternatively, you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on the match finishing all square in Petach Tikva, leaving both sides with plenty of work to do.

Historically, matches between this pair are always eventful at any level and this encounter should be no different.

Both sides showed themselves to be no slouches going forwards during the qualifying stages, with the Germans helping themselves to an unparalleled 41 goals in 12 games, while the Dutch managed 25 in two fewer fixtures.

Die Mannschaft served up thrilling 5-4 and 4-4 scorelines on the road to Israel and, while a similar result may be too much to ask, fans should at least be treated to goals at both ends, so odds of 13/20 (1.65) are not to be missed on that bet paying off.

Cor Pot has taken plenty of players with full international experience with him to Israel, including Georginio Wijnaldum, who found the net within five minutes of making his first appearance for the senior side.

The PSV forward struck more than once every other game for his club this season, and has more goals at this level than any other player in the squad, so will play a key role in unlocking the German defence tonight.

With three goals in his last four competitive matches for the under-21s, the 22-year offers excellent value at 14/5 (3.80) to score anytime here.

Both teams to score at 13/20 (1.65) with Bet Victor
Georginio Wijnaldum to score anytime at 14/5 (3.80) with BetVictor

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.