International friendly: German class too much for Clockwork Orange

Holly Thackeray | November 16, 2015

Germany v Netherlands

  • International friendly
  • Tuesday, November 17th
  • Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
  • HDI-Arena, Hannover, Germany
  • Live on BT Sport Europe

Germany host the Netherlands in Hannover

Wales v Netherlands - International Friendly - Cardiff City Stadium
The German Football Association (DFB) have confirmed that the friendly fixture between Germany and the Netherlands will go ahead on Tuesday evening, despite doubts following previous tragic events off the pitch in France.

According to the DFB, Die Mannschaft manager Joachim Low will be without six players from the squad that lost 2-0 last time out. A statement read: “Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Jonas Hector, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger have all made early departures from the national team.

“Neuer, Podolski and Schweinsteiger are rested by the coach, while Hector and Boateng are nursing minor injuries and therefore rested as well.” Meanwhile, young Schalke starlet and apparent Premier League target Leroy Sane has returned to the Germany Under-21 roster.

World Cup winners to show class

Football, France vs Germany at Stade de France near Paris
Germany have looked far from the well-oiled machine they were previously in Brazil, but Low’s World Cup-winning boys are still odds-on at 3/4 from Coral to triumph on home turf.

Last time determined Die Mannschaft hosted Clockwork Orange they emerged as 3-0 victors, a result customers can back to be repeated at 14/1, and the head-to-head record is also in the hosts’ favour, as they have defeated their rivals 15 times to 10.

Though the Germans boast as many draws as victories against the Dutch, so a splitting of the spoils is an enticing 14/5 to occur again, with Danny Blind’s side buoyed after beating Euro 2016 tournament finalists Wales at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Netherlands have won three of their last four away, so look much improved on the road, but are still unlikely 10/3 shouts to sink such a superior squad.

Facing top-draw opponents will be another chance for beleaguered boss Blind to assess his ranks, after the Netherlands’ calamitous campaign ended in failure to qualify for Euro 2016. With these two teams far from their best, odds of 11/5 for Germany to win but both sides to score look superb.

Thomas Muller the man to mark

Football, France vs Germany at Stade de France near Paris
Mention German goal threats and the man that immediately comes to mind is Thomas Muller. The Bayern Munich talisman has 11 from 12 in the Bundesliga this season, and has also hit five in six across 2015 for his country.

This makes Muller, who found the net last time the Netherlands visited, a nifty 9/2 price to poach the opener, or a generous 6/5 to strike anytime. Other Die Mannschaft dangermen worth a punt include evergreen Mario Gomez (5/1 to notch last), as the Besiktas battering ram once bagged a brace against Clockwork Orange, and Wolfsburg star Andre Schurrle, who is 7/4 in an excellent anytime market.

As for the Dutch, another Die Wolfe attacker in Bas Dost should feature, as the striker continues to successfully stake his claim for a forward berth. After grabbing a goal versus Wales an anytime 2/1 price is princely, with Memphis Depay at 11/4, should he now get the nod after missing out against the Dragons.


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Coral’s top tip: Potent poacher Thomas Muller is a terrific price at 9/2 to net first