A fit again Marco Reus has the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past, as Germany meet Holland for the fourth time in 11 months in Hamburg on Saturday. Reus, who famously missed the countries triumphant 2018 World Cup campaign through injury, could finally star as the key player amongst an impressive new generation of Germany players.
With the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Kai Havertz being integrated into the side, the onus will fall to the likes of Reus to lead a Germany squad in transition. Die Mannschaft are back to form following dismal campaigns in the 2018 World Cup and subsequent UEFA Nations league. This time out however, in the 2020 Euro qualification campaign, they’ve won three games of out three so far, second only to Northern Ireland who have played one game more. Victory at home to Holland at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion, would pull Germany nine points ahead of their fierce rivals in Group C, with a trip to Belfast to come on Monday evening.
For Reus, it is a long overdue opportunity to star for his national side, an all too infrequent occurrence in recent years due to injury. With Reus in the side, Germany has the luxury of fielding a truly versatile footballer, with Reus as comfortable centrally as he is out wide. He could also be utilised in a centre forward position, a familiar role for the Dortmund man internationally – with teammate Timo Werner capable of playing on the wing. However, the clash with Holland may also see Freiburg’s rising star Luca Waldschmidt come into the side to make his debut, following an impressive summer at the Under 21 European Championship.
After Reus’ starring role in Germany’s 8-0 dismantling of Estonia, hopes will be high that the 30-year-old can continue his fine form and help fire them to a fourth consecutive victory. In the return fixture at the Amsterdam arena earlier this year, Germany walked away victorious, thanks to a 90th minute winner courtesy of Dortmund new boy Nico Schulz.
However, with clubmate Reus back into the fold, Germany will be hoping that they don’t need to rely on late winners this time around – as they look to continue their fine start to the 2020 Euro qualification campaign. Its set to be an explosive meeting once again in North Germany.
The markets have the home side as favourites, unsurprisingly so, at odds of 19/20 to win, while the draw and a Dutch victory both come in at 13/5 on Betway . For these odds and more, click here where you can find deals and tips on football matches from around the world, but there’s one thing for certain and that’s that Germany vs Netherlands will certainly provide fans with entertaining football.