France vs Netherlands Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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France vs Netherlands Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

France and the Netherlands will be facing each other in the World Cup qualifying group A on Thursday, with both sides looking to seal the second place. France threw away a one-goal lead following Olivier Giroud’s opener to succumb to a 2-1 defeat on the road at Sweden. On the flip side, the Netherlands won 5-0 at home over Luxembourg thanks to goals from Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Georginio Wijnaldum, Quincy Promes and Vincent Janssen. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

France are huge favourites to win here due to their impressive home form over the past two years which has seen them win 14 of their last 16 games across all competitions. The Netherlands have also enjoyed a strong run of form on the road over the past years, but I don’t think that they have enough quality within their ranks to secure a positive result here. I’m backing France to win, but I’m also expecting goals.

France to win and Over 2.5 goals at 8/5

Both teams to score - Yes at 1/1

France saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

France have not conceded a goal in 67% of their last 6 games played against Netherlands

Netherlands saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

2.2

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

France Form Guide

France Team Logo

France

Won

8

Draw

2

Lost

0
W H

28-05-2018

Friendlies

Ireland Team Logo Ireland

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

01-06-2018

Friendlies

Italy Team Logo Italy

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

09-06-2018

Friendlies

USA Team Logo USA

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

16-06-2018

World Cup Grp. C

Australia Team Logo Australia

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

21-06-2018

World Cup Grp. C

Peru Team Logo Peru

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

26-06-2018

World Cup Grp. C

Denmark Team Logo Denmark

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

30-06-2018

World Cup 1/8 Finals

Argentina Team Logo Argentina

FT 4 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

06-07-2018

World Cup Quarter Finals

Uruguay Team Logo Uruguay

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

10-07-2018

World Cup Semi Finals

Belgium Team Logo Belgium

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

15-07-2018

World Cup Final

Croatia Team Logo Croatia

FT 4 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

Netherlands Form Guide

Netherlands Team Logo

Netherlands

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
L A

31-08-2017

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. A

France Team Logo France

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

03-09-2017

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. A

Bulgaria Team Logo Bulgaria

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

07-10-2017

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. A

Belarus Team Logo Belarus

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

10-10-2017

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. A

Sweden Team Logo Sweden

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

09-11-2017

Friendlies

Scotland Team Logo Scotland

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

14-11-2017

Friendlies

Romania Team Logo Romania

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

23-03-2018

Friendlies

England Team Logo England

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

26-03-2018

Friendlies

Portugal Team Logo Portugal

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 3)

D A

31-05-2018

Friendlies

Slovakia Team Logo Slovakia

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

04-06-2018

Friendlies

Italy Team Logo Italy

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

France Preview

France have struggled for consistency over the past five months, winning two and losing two of their last four games across all competitions. They suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sweden, but they looked much better in their 3-2 home win over England in a friendly game back in June. France’s defeat at the hands of Sweden has been their only loss throughout this qualifying campaign, winning four and drawing once in the other five group fixtures. Didier Deschamps’ men currently sit in 2nd spot in the group A table tied on 13 points with the current leaders Sweden, just three points clear of the third-placed Netherlands. The French can count on their home form ahead of this tie as they have only lost once in their last 16 home fixtures across all competitions while winning 14. Furthermore, France have scored at least two goals in 14 of their last 16 home games across all competitions. In addition, they have won two of the last three home meetings with the Netherlands across all competitions. Olivier Giroud is France’s topscorer throughout this qualifying campaign with three goals under his belt, while Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann have bagged two goals each.

France Team News

Ousmane Dembele and Dimitri Payet have both been left out of France’s squad, while there is no recall for Karim Benzema. Kurt Zouma will replace Raphael Varane at the back, as the latter is still out through injury.

Netherlands Preview

Meanwhile, the Netherlands have been up and down throughout this qualifying campaign, as after a 4-1 home win over Belarus in the group opener, they succumbed to a narrow 0-1 home loss at the hands of France. Then, the Dutch bounced back with a 1-3 victory over Luxembourg but only to lost 2-0 in Bulgaria. However, Dick Advocaat has returned to the dugout for a third spell in charge of the national team and he somehow managed to steady the ship. The Netherlands come into this tie on the back of a three-game winning streak across all competitions, including a 5-0 home victory over Luxembourg in their most recent qualifier back in June. Prior to their win over Luxembourg, Advocaat’s men picked up another 5-0 home victory over Ivory Coast in a friendly fixture. The Netherlands have enjoyed a solid run of form on the road over the past two years, losing just once in their last ten away games across all competitions. Furthermore, they have scored at least two goals in seven of their last ten games away from home. Head-to-head, the Netherlands are winless in the last three meetings with France across all competitions since a 4-1 victory back in June 2008. Quincy Promes has been Holland’s most prolific player in front of goal throughout this campaign, scoring three goals in his five appearances.

Netherlands Team News

Robin van Persie has returned to Netherlands’ full squad for this qualifiers against France and Bulgaria. Advocaat has also brought Karim Rekik back into the squad and handed a first call-up to Donny van de Beek. Furthermore, the Crystal Palace defender, who is on loan from Manchester United, Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been added to the squad due to doubts over the fitness of Kenny Tete.

France Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Netherlands Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

France vs Netherlands Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Hugo Lloris 188 78
3 RB Layvin Kurzawa 181 73
19 LB Djibril Sidibe 184 81
21 CD Laurent Koscielny 186 75
5 CD Samuel Umtiti 183 84
8 CM Thomas Lemar 172 65
7 CM Antoine Griezmann 174 72
11 CM Kingsley Coman 178 71
13 CDM N'Golo Kante 168 68
6 CDM Paul Pogba 191 84
9 CF Olivier Giroud 192 93
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Jasper Cillessen 185 83
5 RB Daley Blind 180 72
3 CD Stefan de Vrij 188 78
2 LB Timothy Fosu-Mensah 190 68
4 CD Wesley Hoedt 188 77
7 CM Quincy Promes 176 65
11 CM Arjen Robben 181 80
10 CM Wesley Sneijder 170 67
6 CDM Kevin Strootman 186 78
8 CDM Georginio Wijnaldum 175 74
9 CF Vincent Janssen 180 88