Netherlands v Germany Betting Tip Netherlands – Wednesday 13th June 2012

Mario Gomez (Germany)

Netherlands v Germany

It could be do or die for the Dutch against their arch rivals depending on the result of the earlier game in Group B. If Denmark win and the Netherlands lose to the Germans their tournament would be over before it’s even begun. After reaching the final of the World Cup, many expected the Dutch to be serious contenders but their opening performance was inept, tame and a throwback to Dutch teams from the 90’s and early 00’s. Despite having a lot of the ball and creating plenty of chances, there was a lack of desire and that is the main reason they face an uphill task to qualify for the Quarter Finals. The big debate before Saturday was whether or not there was a place for Klaus Jan Huntelaar in the starting XI – there wasn’t – but now that they need to get a positive result on Wednesday it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the front man come into the side with the possibility of Robin Van Persie moving into a wider position.

It was a case of ‘job done’ for the Germans on Saturday night after their 1-0 victory. Jogi Low will be well aware that his side can play better but in a way, that makes the victory even more impressive. Portugal are a strong side and for Germany to take all three points against them, without really hitting the heights we know they are capable of, is a positive. Low’s decision to go with Gomez also paid off as the Bayern Munich striker got the all important goal. He may switch it up tomorrow but the likelihood is that he will go with the same players – to begin with at least. The Germans will probably be seen to better effect against a side like the Netherlands as their offensive players will have more space, further up the pitch.

Germany would love nothing more than to eliminate their old foes by beating them but they know it won’t be easy. Although they are favourites the need for the Dutch is greater and even if they were to win, the Germans would still be confident of progressing with their final match against Denmark still to come.

The Dutch looked dangerous on Saturday but the balance of their team never looked right. Despite having plenty of opportunities they failed to convert them but if Huntelaar does start, he could be the focal point they lacked against Denmark.

I think it would lessen the tournament somewhat if the Netherlands were to exit it at such an early stage. I firmly believe Huntelaar can make the difference needed, though, spurring them on to a crucial victory.

Netherlands 2pts, 21/10 @ Coral

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