France v Netherlands Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 9th September
Catello Cuomo (@CatelloCuomo3) previews France v Netherlands and provides us with his best bets for this UEFA Nations League clash, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
France v Netherlands Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 09/09/18
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: Stade de France
- Channel: Sky Sports
World Champions France, host the Netherlands in their 2nd game of the UEFA Nations League. France drew 0-0 away to Germany on Thursday night and will have high hopes to pick up their first victory of the tournament over the Dutch.
France come into this game as strong favourites to take the win and to make it 13 games without defeat. Dembele could be pushing for a return to the starting 11 and with their strength in depth, Deschamps could make a few changes and retain a strong starting 11. Areola of PSG, who deputised in the absence of Lloris, pulled off a couple of quality saves against Germany and should see him start again on Sunday. With the options in attack; Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud, Fekir and the aforementioned Dembele, they are sure to cause a few problems for the Dutch.
Ronald Koeman is on a mission to re-build and re-instate some pride into the Dutch national team after failing to qualify for the past 2 International tournaments. Since his first match as manager, a 1-0 defeat to England, they have won and drawn 2, which includes a 3-0 victory over Portugal and coming from behind to beat Peru 2-1 on Thursday evening. Although not containing some of the quality they have had over recent years, they do have some good players and some talented youngsters. They have Liverpool pair, Virgil Van Dijk and Wijnaldum, and also former Man United player, Memphis Depay, who scored both goals on Thursday night. They have an exciting player in Justin Kluivert, the former Ajax man making the move to Roma during the summer and Frenkie de Jong. De Jong, who made his debut on Thursday is attracting the attention of Tottenham, Barcelona and Manchester City. Wesley Sneijder bowed out of International football during the game against Peru, playing in his last International match for the Netherlands.
France – Have no fresh concerns and could make a couple of changes to the side that faced Germany.
Holland – May also make a couple of changes from the side that started against Peru.
Potential France Starting XI: Areola, Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Mendy, Kante, Pogba, Tolisso, Griezmann, Mbappe, Dembele
Potential Netherlands Starting XI: Cillessen, Blind, Van Dijk, de Ligt, Janmaat, Babel, Strootman, Wijnaldum, de Jong, Depay, Vormer
Head To Head
- In their last 10 games, France have won 5, Netherlands 3 and 2 have finished all square.
Key Stats & Facts
- They both met during the World Cup qualifiers for Russia, France winning both games, 4-0 at home and 1-0 away.
- The Netherlands last beat France at Euro 2008, winning 4-1.
- The Netherlands have failed to score in just 2 of their last 15 games.
- The last time France failed to score against the Dutch was in 2004.
- France 8/15
- Draw 7/2
- Netherlands 5/1
As mentioned, it's no surprise to see France as favourites for this game. The current World Champions will see this as an opportunity to take the 3 points at the end of the International break. Ronald Koeman has made some progression since taking charge and their last 4 matches should give them some confidence going into this game. But it's hard to see past the French getting more opportunities than they did against Germany and with this being their first match in front of their home fans since returning as World Champions, I can see them securing a win by at least a couple of goals.