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Joachim LowThe arch enemies of Group B battle it out in the second of tonight's Euro 2012 group matches. It's one of the biggest rivalries in world football, but will the fact Holland have suffered a shock opening loss to Denmark mean the Germans have this one in the bag? (Germany 6/4 in Euro 2012 Betting to beat Holland tonight).

Holland now need to beat Germany at Kharkiv's Metalist Stadium, followed by Portugal on Sunday to be sure of qualifying from the pool that has been labelled ‘The Group of Death'. Tonight's game promises to be a heated contest too as the Dutch have vowed to put the defeat to the Danes behind them. (Holland 2/1 in Euro 2012 Betting to beat Germany tonight).

There are reports from the Dutch camp though that several players including Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafael van der Vaart are at loggerheads with manager Bert van Marwijk, and this could prove crucial to behaviour on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Germany are in fairly good spirits following wins in all 10 matches of their qualifying campaign and a thrashing of the Dutch 3-0 in a friendly last year. They have now won 12 competitive games in a row, and although on a high, manager Joachim Low has told his side to be wary of Holland tonight. Low said: "The challenge is huge for the Netherlands, they allowed themselves to be rushed by Denmark and I am pretty sure they will not allow that to happen again." (Germany 12/5 in Euro 2012 Betting to draw with Holland tonight).

Both Holland and Germany were the top 2 goal scoring nations in Euro 2012 qualifying and meet for the 8th time at a finals tournament, and a record-equalising 5th time in a European Championship tonight.

 

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