Germany - Netherlands Preview: World Champions heavy favourites against out of form Dutch side
Will Thomas Muller, or Arjen Robben prove victorious? (photo: vavel)

World champions Germany will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to France when they take on the Netherlands on Tuesday. 

Mixed bag 

It was a very poor start to qualifying for the Germans with a defeat to neighbours Poland and a darw with the Republic of Ireland but still managed to make it next summer's tournament with ease finishing top of Group D with 22 points just one point ahead of Poland. 

Tragedy strikes 

Friday night kicked off their run of friendly matches ahead of the next summer with a contest against hosts France which they lost 2-0 with goals from Oliver Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac but football was the last thing that was on the mind of many. 

Their contest in the Stade de France was played out to chaos as terrorist attacks rocked the capital with French authorities confirming that 129 people died in the attacks with 99 crtitically injured. 

The tragedies meant that the German national side had to spend the night inside the national stadium before safely flying back to Frankfurt on the Saturday morning. 

Show goes on 

Very much like France's clash with England this friendly was very much thrown into doubt but it has been confirmed by the German Football Association that the match will go ahead as planned with the descion been described as "a unanimous sign of freedom and against terror". 

Acting DFB president Reinhard Rauball solidified those words saying that the message was "clear" and that they wouldnt be "intimidated by terror".

Germany manager Joachim Loew also spoke on the issue sayting that he hopes that Tuesday's friendly will be a "clear symbol for freedom and democracy" 

Confident Dutch 

The last few months for the Netherlands national side have been very disappointing but manager Danny Blind will be hoping that his side and his chances of staying in the job are on the up. 

It has been disastorous since the departure of former manager Louis Van Gaal with the Dutch failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and went into Friday's friendly with Wales on a terrible run of form with just two wins in their last five matches. 

Arjen Robben proved the hero on the night as his double gave them a narrow 3-2 victory over Chris Coleman's side. It was Bas Dost who opened the scoring before Joe Ledley equalised, Robben then restored the lead which was then cancelled out by Emyr Huws but the Bayern Munich winger had the final say with his second securing the victory. 

Team News 

Loew is expected to make some changes to his side for the arrival of the dutch with captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski and Manuel Neuer all expected to be rested.  Jonas Hector and Jerome Boateng are nursing minor injuries while teenager Leroy Sane has left to join the Under-21 team.

Striker Mario Gomez is facing one fianl opportunituy to secure a ticket for next year's tournament in France. Gomez made his comeback in Paris but failed to leave a big impression but will looking to take his second opportunity with both hands. 

Blind will be looking to reshuffle his attacking options with all-time top scorer Robin van Persie out of form and out of favor it is likely that either Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar or Wolfsburg's Bas Dost will be given the nod. 

Friday's hero  Robben is expected to be rested as he tries to ease himself back to full fitness.

Germany will host the Netherlands at the HDI Arena on Tuesday, November 17 with kick-off at 7:45PM BST. 

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