This weekend, we are taking a break from domestic soccer and setting our sights on European qualifiers. It may still be 2019, but some of the most important international matches happen far before any major tournament kicks off. That is surely the case for Euro 2020, as we get ready for some highly-anticipated matchups on the weekend of September 6-8. Continue reading for a breakdown of our best bets across Europe.
Germany vs. Netherlands
All eyes will be on Volksparkstadion, when Germany and Netherlands face each other in the Euro 2020 Group C derby. Joachim Low’s troops rolled over Estonia 8-0 in their last qualifying match, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Friday’s football game against Netherlands.
Germany Team News
- With Joshua Kimmich now considered a central midfielder, Germany’s defensive options are vastly inexperienced. Only Niklas Sule and Matthias Ginter have reached double figures for caps of the options called upon by Joachim Low.
- Without the experience of someone like Antonio Rudiger or Mats Hummels, Low may revert to a four-man defense on Friday night.
- Germany is blessed with plenty of exciting options in midfield and attack, though Leon Goretzka and Kai Havertz may have to settle for a place on the bench here.
- Low has named uncapped duo Niklas Stark and Luca Waldschmidt in his squad for the international break, though neither are expected to start here.
Netherlands Team News
- Marten de Roon was surprisingly a regular during the Netherlands’ UEFA Nations League campaign and is expected to continue in the team here.
- Matthijs de Ligt hasn’t hit the ground running for Juventus, but there should be no doubt he starts alongside captain Virgil van Dijk on Friday night.
- Ronald Koeman has called up uncapped PSV striker Donyell Malen for the international break, though Memphis Depay will lead the line for the away side.
- Ryan Babel has been a regular starter for Koeman despite a number of exciting young wingers in the squad, and the veteran looks set to continue on the left flank here.
Germany have a perfect record in Group C after three matches. The Netherlands have only played twice in Euro 2020 qualification but lost 3-2 at home to Germany last time out. With Northern Ireland nine points ahead of the Netherlands, albeit with two extra games played, Ronald Koeman’s side cannot afford to drop further off the pace. Germany will expect nothing less than three points at home, but their inexperienced defense should at least give the Netherlands optimism.
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