There could be goals in store this Wednesday as the second-string squads of Holland and Germany do battle in a game that is likely to prove anything but friendly.
Over the years, matches between these two bitter rivals have produced some of the most memorable moments in the history of international football – both good and bad.
From that first-minute penalty in the final of the 1974 World Cup through to the image of Frank Rijkaard spitting into the glistening mullet of a certain Rudi Voller, these games have always produced plenty of talking points.
And while Wednesday’s encounter may not have much riding on it, both teams will be eager to claim the bragging rights with a morale-boosting victory.
Germany may be available at odds of 33/20 for the win, but with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mezut Ozil and Miroslav Klose all set to miss the match, they could find it tougher going than usual, particularly with the latter two providing the majority of the team’s goals in recent fixtures.
In light of those absences, boss Joachim Low may choose to lay the gauntlet down at the talented feet of Borussia Dortmund new boy Marco Reus.
The youngster has hit the ground running since his summer move from Borussia Monchengladbach and is in decent form for the national side too, with three goals in his last three games. Available at 6/1 to score the first goal in this game, he could be one to watch.
Elsewhere, Arsenal front man Lukas Podolski will be determined to prove his worth as he battles to regain a place in Germany’s first-choice starting XI. The former Cologne striker scored for the Gunners at the weekend and given his international pedigree, he could be a wise choice for a first goalscorer bet at 7/1.
And while Germany may be missing their fair share of stars, it’s a similar situation for Louis van Gaal’s Holland team, with Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder both absent this week.
The absence of Manchester United hitman Van Persie could provide the perfect chance for his deputy, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, to get among the goals.
Huntelaar has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks and will be eager to showcase the kind of form that has seen him score two in his last three appearances for the Dutch as well as goals in both of Schalke’s recent encounters with Arsenal in the Champions League.
He’s available at 5/1 to open the scoring, while those backing the 29-year-old to continue his fine Bundesliga form may opt to have a punt on him grabbing two or more at 15/2.
Holland are the narrow 6/4 favourites for the win – with the draw available at 12/5 – but Germany will be eager to make it a hat-trick of wins against the Dutch, following victories over their old foes in 2011 and 2012.
On both occasions, exactly three goals were scored and with 16/5 available on the same outcome here, it could prove a canny bet to back. Punters who register here can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on Holland v Germany to feature exactly three goals would return a cool £84 if successful.
Alternatively, anyone seeking a long shot on this clash could do worse than back Germany to be 2-0 up at half-time at 11/1, considering this has been the scoreline at the interval in both of those two most recent meetings.