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Holland v Germany: Win essential for Dutch chances of progress

| 13.06.2012

In what was dubbed the ‘Group of Death’ pre-tournament, a Holland win over Germany at 2/1 would leave Group B wide open headed into that sect’s final group of fixtures.

Surprisingly, the Dutch fell to Denmark 1-0 on Saturday, despite creating a vast array of chances and enjoying the majority of possession.

They face a German side fancied to go far in the tournament on Wednesday, and one which is afforded 7/5 favouritism in light of a 1-0 opening victory over Portugal.

It is 9/4 about the draw, and with that the outcome in two of the last three meetings of the sides, some punters will take an interest in that price.

For those who can’t see past a German success though, they could be worth backing to obtain a second consecutive clean sheet at 9/4.

Joachim Low’s men were triumphant via a 3-0 scoreline when last renewing acquaintances with the Dutch, and are 10/3 to win without conceding in this game.

Braver backers of the Germans could alternatively take on big 25/1 odds about a repeat of the aforementioned scoreline, though with the Netherlands needing a win to have realistic qualification hopes, the chances of this appear far-fetched.

Bert van Marwijk’s side need to sharpen their instinct in front of goal on Wednesday, but with both teams scoring in five of the last six encounters between the nations, each backline could be breached here at 4/6.

Robin Van Persie was guilty of wasting opportunities in the Netherlands’ opening clash, and eager to make amends, could be worth a bet to score in a Dutch win at 9/2.

He heads the first scorer betting for Holland as a 7/1 chance, whilst Germany’s Mario Gomez, who hit the winner in his side’s opening match with Portugal, is 6/1 favourite to break the deadlock.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee