There are few international rivalries in European football as intense as the one that exists between Germany and Holland.
Currently the Dutch are just ahead of their Germanic rivals, second only to Spain in FIFA’s world rankings, and tonight’s game in Hamburg is a chance for hostilities to be renewed and superiority exerted.
A home win is priced at 4/5 while a victory for the Dutch is available at what could be a tempting 16/5.
However it is the draw, priced at an extremely healthy 13/5, where the smart money should be invested.
A successful £25 free bet on Germany to draw with Holland would return £90, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
International friendlies are not the easiest games from which to pick a clear result.
Without knowing exactly how conscientiously each side will approach the fixture, or indeed if the manager will use it as a chance to experiment, you can on occasions get your fingers burnt trying to predict what might happen.
But this evening’s match is much like a child’s colouring book; it has got draw written all over it.
Given the history between the two teams, we can readily assume that neither will want to lose.
Germany coach Joachim Low has tried to play down any antagonism by suggesting the rivalry has subsided in recent years, but he will be acutely aware of the negative PR which could result from a home defeat to Holland.
The Dutch meantime will be without two of their Premier League protagonists in Robin van Persie and Rafael van der Vaart and as such their attacking threat is slightly diminished.
Add to this the fact that Germany have drawn their last two friendlies and Holland their last three and the argument for backing another draw becomes even stronger.
A price of 19/4 is available for the match to be a draw at half time and full time and is certainly worth taking advantage of.
In the goalscorers market there is one name that stands out from the rest as representing real value.
Much travelled Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has finally settled in Germany, 180 miles down the road from where tonight’s game is being played, at Schalke.
The 28-year-old has 16 goals already this season for club and country, including four in in last four games for the national side.
Despite nursing a broken nose, he is likely to wear a protective mask to play in the match and the 7/1 offered for him to open the scoring looks irresistible, while the more cautious among you should jump at the chance to back him at 19/10 to score at any time.
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