Football Predictions

Germany vs Netherlands preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Steve Jennings

Published: 14:40, 5 September 2019 | Updated: 11:47, 25 February 2020

The Netherlands travel to Germany on Friday aiming to get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign back on track after a sticky start.

Germany currently sit second in Group C with nine points, six points ahead of third-placed Holland, although the Dutch have a game in hand having only played two matches so far.

Ronald Koeman’s side have fallen behind as a result of their progress to the Uefa Nations League final, which they lost to Portugal in June.

Meanwhile, Germany will be aiming for a repeat of their 3-2 victory in Amsterdam in the reverse fixture. Read on for TV info, team news, our prediction and more.

When is Germany vs Netherlands and where can I watch live?

Competition: Euro 2020 Qualifying

Venue: Volksparkstadion, Hamburg

Date: Friday, 6 September 2019

Kick-off: 7:45 PM BST

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Mix HD

Last five meetings: Germany vs Netherlands

24 March 2019: Netherlands 2-3 Germany (Euro 2020 Qualifying)

19 November 2018: Germany 2-2 Netherlands (Uefa Nations League)

13 October 2018: Netherlands 3-0 Germany (Uefa Nations League)

14 November 2012: Netherlands 0-0 Germany (International friendly)

13 June 2012: Netherlands 1-2 Germany (Euro 2012)

Aggregate Score: Germany (WDLDW) 7-8 Netherlands (LDWDL)

Ones to watch

Germany: Timo Werner

Werner’s international career up to now has been a mixed bag to say the least. He has scored 10 goals in 25 games for Germany, but seven of those goals came in his first 10 games.

The striker has found the net just three time for his country since the beginning of 2018 and there is pressure on him to prove he is the right man to lead the line for Die Mannschaft.

But such has been the start he has made to the new Bundesliga season, Werner will undoubtedly start up front against the Netherlands. The Germans will be hoping to benefit from his form and confidence.

Key stat: Werner has scored five goals in three Bundesliga games for RB Leipzig so far this season.

Netherlands: Virgil van Dijk

Fresh from his latest accolade, winning the Uefa Player of the Year award last week, Van Dijk will hope to justify why he is currently rated above every other centre-back in Europe.

Liverpool’s defensive talisman has picked up where he left off last season, looking imperious in the heart of the Reds’ defence ahead of yet another title push.

After the disappointment of losing to Portugal in the Uefa Nations League finals, Van Dijk’s next step is to win something on the international stage. Beating Germany would take Holland a step closer to Euro 2020.

Key stat: Van Dijk has won 20 aerial duels in the Premier League so far this season.

Team news


There has been no change of heart from Joachim Low, who has opted against recalling the likes of Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng after dropping them earlier this year.

Leroy Sane is also absent through injury but Werner will be given the chance to prove he can lead the line for Germany after starting the season brilliantly with RB Leipzig.

Predicted XI: Neuer; Ginter, Tah, Sule, Schulz; Kimmich, Gundogan, Goretzka; Reus, Werner, Gnabry.

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Donny van de Beek, who ended up staying at Ajax despite rumoured interest from Real Madrid this summer, is injured and out of the Dutch squad.

Inter Milan centre-back Stefan de Vrij and PSV’s Steven Bergwijn have also pulled out with injuries, meaning Justin Kluivert has been added to the group.

Predicted XI: Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; De Roon, F De Jong, Wijnaldum; Berghuis, L De Jong, Depay.

Squawka prediction

Werner vs Van Dijk will be an interesting battle but the strengths of each player could end up making this one an even contest. The Netherlands can’t really afford to lose, so if they can keep Germany’s scoring low and grab a goal of their own, they will be happy with their lot.

Scoreline prediction: Germany 1-1 Netherlands