The Nations League returns this week as the Netherlands host France in an important League A Group 1 clash on Friday evening in Amsterdam. This is a game which is too tight to call, although a draw or win will see the visitors win the group.
Where and when: Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam – 16 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Netherlands vs. France: William Hill, Sky Sports
Last time: France edged out the Netherlands 2-1 in Paris thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe. This will be the 28th meeting between the two nations, with France currently ahead on 14 wins compared to 10 for the Netherlands along with three draws. France have won each of their last five meetings including both of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, with their last defeat to the Netherlands coming in 2008.
|Over 3.5 goals||2/1||Offer|
|Antoine Griezmann anytime scorer||7/5||Offer|
Netherlands vs. France Predictions and Preview
Ronald Koeman’s side must win each of their final two Nations League group games if they are to finish first and progress into the playoffs, while France only need one point in their final group game.
The world champions triumphed in the reverse fixture in Paris back in September and have collected four points from their two group games against Germany to put themselves in pole position.
Those results also eliminated Die Mannschaft from the possibility of topping the group and Joachim Low’s side will have to look to defeating the Netherlands in their final game, coupled with a positive result for France here, to avoid relegation.
It is perhaps unsurprising that it is Didier Deschamps side who are favourites to win this encounter at odds of 13/10, with the hosts priced at 19/10 and the draw available at 13/5.
Across the last six meetings between these two teams there have been 20 goals, suggesting that over 3.5 goals at 2/1 represents good value, with over 4.5 goals at 4/1.
A ‘double chance’ on the Netherlands to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 8/13 while a France win/draw outcome is at 21/50.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 14/5.
One to watch for Netherlands: Memphis Depay has netted an admirable six goals in his last 10 international outings including in last month’s 3-0 win at home to Germany. He is available at 2/1 to find the net at any point in this game.
One to watch for France: The Atletico Madrid striker has netted nine goals in his last 19 internationals, including the brace against Germany last month alongside scoring in three of his nation’s four knockout matches at the World Cup. He already has six goals for Atleti this season and will look to continue his goalscoring streak in Amsterdam, where he is priced at 7/5 to score anytime.
Long shot: Four of the last seven meetings between these two has seen at least one of the sides fail to find the net. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 13/1.