Netherlands U21 vs Germany U21 by Isaiah
Netherlands U21 has not encountered many problems to finish first in the qualifying group stage, as they had easy opponents and finished with six wins, one draw and one defeat, scoring 19 goals and receiving only three. In the playoffs round they faced Slovakia and won twice with the same score, 0-2 away to Slovakia and 2-0 at Netherlands.
Although Netherlands U21 are considered one of the traditional big teams in these ages, this summer is the first presence in the final stage of Euro U21 after 2007, when they won the trophy. However, their job is not easy this time, and they will need to overcome some great opponents in order to qualify, as Germany, Spain and Russia filling their group. Their weak point is the defense and their main weapon is the attack, where they have Luuk de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Maher, Ola John, Danny Hoesen and Memphis Depay.
Germany U21 was impressive in qualifying group stage and finished first with nine wins, one draw and no defeat, scoring 39 goals and receiving nine. To the playoff round they had some difficulties to throw out Switzerland, where they drew with the score of 1-1 at home and won 1-3 away.
After Spain, Germany U21 is the top favorite to win the trophy and also their group, however they are into a difficult group and they have to start with a victory, or things will get complicated. There is lot of quality to their roster with players like Bernd Leno, Tony Jantschke, Oliver Sorg, Sebastian Rudy, Sebastian Rode, Christoph Moritz, Patrick Herrmann and Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Key Stat: And in the last four matches between teams scored just four goals in each.
A difficult task for Netherlands and Germany is the slight favorite. Both teams wants to start with a win so they will have more chances to qualify and both have some great units in attack. Have in mind that all the last four matches between Netherlands U21 and Germany U21 finished with more than four goals.