Netherlands v France Betting Tips & Predictions – Friday 16th November 2018

Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands and Didier Deschamps’ France go head-to-head at De Kuip in Rotterdam on Friday night for a vital game in UEFA Nations League A, Group 1. Les Bleus lead the way in the group having taken seven points from a possible nine. Meanwhile, Holland have won one and lost one of their opening two fixtures. After facing France on Friday, Koeman’s side end League A, Group 1 with a trip to Gelsenkirchen to play Germany on Monday.

Despite being on the road, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners head to Rotterdam as favourites. Deschamps’ boys are on an incredible 15-game unbeaten run, which they will be hoping to extend to 16 games on Friday. We should be in for an interesting night at Feyenoord’s home but we find it hard to look past the favourites.

Top Tips

France to Win 2-1 @ 8/1

Antoine Griezmann to Score First @ 4/1

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Netherlands News: Dutch on the Up Under Koeman

Netherlands Versus France Football Match

Holland, who were the 1988 European champions, have endured a miserable last few years. Since reaching the 2010 World Cup final – eventually losing out to Spain in extra time at Soccer City in Johannesburg – the Dutch failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. Koeman, a Dutch legend while a player, has taken over and certainly steadied the ship. Koeman’s first game in charge ended in a 1-0 defeat to England in Amsterdam, but Holland have lost just one of their last seven since then despite playing a number of top sides.

Steady Start in the Nations League

Netherlands started their Nations League campaign with a 2-1 defeat to France at the Stade de France back in September. Despite that defeat, Holland put up a brave fight in Saint-Denis, with the French needing a late Olivier Giroud goal to take all three points. Former Liverpool man Ryan Babel was on the scoresheet for the Dutch.

The Oranges followed that up with a stunning win over Joachim Low’s Germany at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, with the familiar faces of Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum scoring in the big 3-0 victory.

France News: World Champions in Fine Fettle

France Football Fans in Crowd at the Stade de France
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France have been in outstanding form over the past few years, losing just one of their previous 23 matches in all competitions. At the World Cup in Russia in the summer, Les Bleus beat Australia and Peru to progress to the knockout rounds before seeing off Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium to reach the final.

In a thrilling matchup in Moscow, Deschamps’ side beat Croatia 4-2 to win their second World Cup trophy. Having been losing finalists at Euro 2016, France have had a tremendous last couple of years, which they will be looking to build on going forward. Given the youth they have in their squad and the emerging brilliance of Kylian Mbappe, they could be a force for some time to come.

Les Bleus on Their Way to the Nations League Finals

France picked up their first Nations League victory with a 2-1 triumph over the Dutch, with that man Mbappe and Giroud getting the goals in the narrow victory at the Stade de France. Prior to that, the world champions claimed a handy point in a 0-0 draw with Germany at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Then last time out, the French came from behind to beat the Germans 2-1 in Saint-Denis. Despite going a goal down after just 14 minutes, France hit back in the second half, with two Antoine Griezmann goals doing the business at the Stade de France.

France Hit with Several Injuries

France have lost several key players through injury ahead of Friday’s crucial Nations League encounter in Rotterdam. Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Benjamin Mendy and Alexandre Lacazette have all pulled out of Deschamps’ squad over the past few days. Thankfully for the world champions, due to their supreme strength in depth, they can call on a number of suitable replacements, with the likes of Ferland Mendy, Alassane Plea and Moussa Sissoko coming into the squad.

Analysis: Away Side to Seal the Points

Even though France have lost Pogba and the in-form Martial through injury, Deschamps’ troops are still the clear favourites to pick up all three points from this one. Holland have improved of late and getting past the likes of Van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt will be no easy task for France’s makeshift attack. However, we fancy the away side to book their place in the Nations League Finals with a win over the Dutch in Rotterdam on Friday.

Another 2-1 Victory for Les Bleus

As we mentioned, France have won two Nations League games so far, with both of those ending in 2-1 victories. With this one taking place on Dutch soil, we could be in for a close matchup at De Kuip. Nonetheless, France’s qualities should shine through in the end. Put some money on Les Bleus to secure a third 2-1 Nations League win on Friday, which you can get 8/1.

Atletico Man to Strike Again

Atletico Madrid hitman Griezmann is beginning to find some form for his club side, netting two in his last three outings for Los Colchoneros. However, the striker, who was instrumental for France at the 2018 World Cup, has only scored six times for Atleti so far this season, but the 27-year-old did notch twice in last month’s 2-1 Nations League victory over Germany. France are a more attacking side than Diego Simeone’s men though, so have a punt on Griezmann to score first on Friday at the tempting price of 4/1.

Both Sides to Notch in Rotterdam

Netherlands have had no problems finding the net under Koeman, scoring in all seven since losing 1-0 to England back in March. Despite playing a game fewer than their opponents, Holland have scored as many goals as France in League A, Group 1 up until now, with each team bagging four. We fancy Koeman’s men to notch in defeat on Friday, so put some money on France to win and both teams to score at 10/3.

Recent Matches

Over the years, France and Holland have met on several occasions across a number of competitions. In fact, in the last five years alone, the pair have played each other five times, with France winning all five of those. Holland have not beaten Les Bleus since a 4-1 victory at Euro 2008.

9th September 2018: France 2 – 1 Netherlands

When the two squared off in France for the reverse Nations League fixture back in early September, the hosts squeezed past their visitors with a 2-1 win. Mbappe gave France the lead after just 14 minutes, with Babel equalising for the Dutch midway through the second half. Chelsea’s Giroud hit the winner for Les Bleus with 15 minutes left.

31st August 2017: France 4 – 0 Netherlands

In a 2018 World Cup qualifier back in August 2017, France thrashed Holland 4-0 at the Stade de France. The French dominated the game, with Thomas Lemar (2), Griezmann and Mbappe scoring in the big win. Meanwhile, Kevin Strootman was sent off for the Dutch after an hour on what was a miserable night for Holland in the French capital.

10th October 2016: Netherlands 0 – 1 France

When they went head-to-head in Holland during 2018 World Cup qualifying back in October 2016, France left with a narrow 1-0 victory in Amsterdam. In a pretty even contest, a Pogba goal after 30 minutes proved to be the difference in Holland’s capital. It was close but yhet again the result was the same, a win for France.

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