Will World Cup winners France have a triumphant return to the Stade de France on Sunday? The Netherlands are the visitors for Didier Deschamps’ side, in their first game on home soil since their triumph in the summer.
Where and when: Stade de France – 9 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see France vs. Netherlands: Sky Sports
Last time: These teams were paired in qualifying for Russia 2018, with France winning their home game 4-0 after getting a 1-0 victory in Holland.
France v Netherlands Predictions and Preview
Group A1 of the inaugural Nations League certainly lives up to its name. France and the Netherlands are joined by Germany in the tastiest section of all, with Les Bleus drawing 0-0 in Munich on Thursday. Both of these teams are looking to lay down an early marker here.
France are still riding the crest of their World Cup wave, and although they couldn’t make the breakthrough in their opening game, a point from their toughest fixture was a decent result. Didier Deschamps is likely to stick with the same starting XI from Thursday, which was his favoured line-up in Russia apart from the absent Hugo Lloris.
The French are 1/2 for the win, so they’re the clear favourites against a Dutch side looking to rebuild after the disappointment of missing out on the summer showpiece. They eventually managed to get a 2-1 friendly win against Peru on Thursday, with former Manchester United former Memphis Depay getting both goals for the Oranje.
|Mbappe to score first||7/2||Offer|
|France to win to nil||31/20||Offer|
|France to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
Ronald Koeman’s side are 6/1 for the victory, which would be their first against France in over a decade. Les Bleus have won all four meetings since Holland spanked them 4-1 in the group stages of Euro 2008. France only got one point in that tournament, but have come a long way since then.
With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Blaise Matuidi buzzing around target man Olivier Giroud, they should have too much for the Netherlands on Sunday. France have won their last two home games against Holland to nil, and they’re 31/20 to make it three in a row here.
One to watch for France: Kylian Mbappe was named the young player of the tournament at the World Cup, and poses a serious threat to Holland. He’s 7/2 for the first goal in this game.
One to watch for Netherlands: Memphis Depay rediscovered his scoring touch last season, hitting 19 goals in 36 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon. He’s 10/1 to open the scoring here.
Long shot: This French side has the ability to take any team apart, especially one with such fragile confidence as the current Oranje outfit. Les Bleus are 20/1 to beat Holland 4-0 for the second time in a row.