On Saturday, Netherlands lock horns with Germany in the UEFA Nations League looking to get their first win over their rivals since 2002. Kick-off in Amsterdam is 7.45pm GMT.

After a narrow 2-1 defeat to France last month, Netherlands go in search of their first ever UEFA Nations League victory when they host bitter rivals Germany in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

The performance in France has encouraged Oranje boss Ronald Koeman, who feels his side can beat Germany if they play at their level. He said, “The feeling that you can achieve something is one, but actually achieving something is two.

“We have the perfect opportunity for that on Saturday. When I see the development of the group, how they work together on this kind of performance, then I have a very good feeling about it. The goal is to get a result, that is the ultimate reward for what you are doing.

“It is a very important match for us. We feel that we are back on the road. We are ready, have had a good preparation. We have done a lot of work to prepare ourselves as well as possible. We want to play a bit further away from our goal than against France. If we reach the level that I expect from this team, I think we’re going to win. ”

Opponents Germany are still reeling from their shock exit from the World Cup in the group stages and will also looking to book their first UEFA Nations League win in Amsterdam after drawing their opening tie against France 0-0.

Head coach Joachim Löw is under pressure in Germany after the summer’s failure but he will know a win over their rivals will rebuild some confidence ahead of their trip to France next week.

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Koeman struck a surprise in his squad selection by selecting four new faces. PSV trio Steven Bergwijn, Pablo Rosario and Denzel Dumfries could all make their debut along with Club Brugge sensation Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, who may be capped against Germany in order to avoid him joining Nigeria in the future.

Frenkie de Jong is fit again after missing Ajax’s last two ties, but Davy Propper picked up an injury with Brighton and was forced to withdraw from the squad.

It is unclear how Koeman will line-up against the Germans with a 5-3-2 or 4-3-3 both possible.

Possible Netherlands line-up (5-3-2): Cillessen, Dumfries, van Aanholt, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Promes, Babel, Memphis

Germany have been hit by a number of injuries with Kevin Trapp, Leon Goretzka, Marco Reus, Antonio Rudiger and Kai Havertz all dropping out of their squad. Emre Can, Serge Gnabry and Bernd Leno have all been called up.

Former Heerenveen striker Mark Uth, now at Schalke, has been called up for the first time and could make his debut.

Possible Germany line-up: Neuer; Hector, Boateng, Hummels, Ginter; Kimmich; Kroos, Brandt; Sane, Werner, Muller

Odds

Netherlands 5/2 Draw 11/4 Germany 11/10

Previous Meetings

Netherlands wins: 10 Draws: 15 Germany wins: 15

Netherlands and Germany have met on 45 occasions since their opening encounter in 1910. Netherlands have won 10 of those clashes, but have not beaten their rival since 2002.

The most famous clashes between the two nations include the 1974 World Cup final, Netherlands 2-1 win in the 1988 European Championship and the feisty clash at the 1990 World Cup which included the infamous Rijkaard spit.

The last clash was in 2012 which saw the nations play out a 0-0 draw in Amsterdam.

Can Netherlands beat Germany?

The feeling around the national team at the moment is very positive with a number of fresh talents coming through while Koeman’s side were only narrowly defeated in France.

Germany’s national team seem to be at a low point which is also affecting Bayern Munich, who are totally out of form in the Bundesliga. Ajax also took a 1-1 draw away from Munich last week in the Champions League, a match which the Dutch side should have won.

Oranje can take a lot of heart from Ajax’s performance and if they have a go at Germany on Saturday a win is definitely a possibility. Mexico and South Korea showed at the World Cup that this Germany side can be rattled and in a packed out Johan Cruyff ArenA, Netherlands should be looking to end their 16 year wait to defeat their rivals.

A victory over Germany would prove that Ronald Koeman is right and that Netherlands are on the right track.




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