Old rivals meet again at the biggest stage of them all, with a fiery encounter expected at Oblasny Sport Komplex in Kharkiv.
Netherlands are in problems after the shock defeat to Denmark seeing that another defeat would see them eliminated from the Euro 2012, while one point could leave them some hope provided the Danes don’t beat Portugal as well.
Oranje were far from impressive in their opening game, but they managed to create quite a few clear-cut chances and their profligacy in front of goal was the main reason for the loss.
Heavily criticized Wesley Sneijder was sublime in midfield, creating a host of chances for his forwards, but Arjen Robben, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and especially Robin van Persie were not at their best.
Netherlands cannot afford any more slip ups and this feels like a must-win game for them, but following the 3-0 defeat to Germany in the last meeting between the two teams, it is no wonder home win pays 3.10 (21/10) at BetVictor.
Joris Mathijsen returns to the side after recovering from injury, while Ibrahim Afellay and Wesley Sneijder are set to start after shaking off minor knocks.
In spite of the dismal performance against Denmark, Robin van Persie looks set to keep his place in the side, with Klaas Jan Huntelaar once again waiting for his chance on the bench.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg – Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Willems – De Jong, Van Bommel – Robben, Sneijder, Afellay – Van Persie.
Germany’s preparations for the tournament finals were far from perfect and the effects could be seen in the Portugal game.
Die Mannschaft were far from their best in their opening match, but still managed to record a valuable victory and can now play without too much pressure.
Borussia Dortmund stopper Mads Hummels looks set to keep his place in the side following an impressive display against Portugal, but Thomas Muller and Lukas Podolski are no longer safe.
Andre Schurrle and Marco Reus are pushing for starting places and Joachim Low could decide to field one of them from the first minute.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Neuer – Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm – Khedira, Schweinsteiger – Muller, Ozil, Schurrle – Gomez.