The Dutch will hate to remember that they missed out on the World Cup fixtures a few months ago.
They will also come into this game knowing that they have some way to go, especially after their sobering 1-2 defeat in the hands of WC Champions France. The Dutch are in the process of rebuilding in order to challenge for silverware both in Europe and the world, and there have been encouraging performances from the likes of Mephis Depay and Ryan Babel.
Germany, despite their travails in the World Cup, are still considered one of the most lethal teams in the world and have the pedigree to match it. The WC came with painful lessons for Low and his boys, and it will be interesting to see what approach the veteran gaffer takes to steer the team off that painful course. The Germans definitely have the upper hand in this one.