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Friendly International: Netherlands vs France preview

Kickoff: Friday, 25 March @19:45 GMT

Venue: Amsterdam ArenA (Amsterdam)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

France vs Netherlands 2-0 (2014 Friendlies)
Netherlands vs France 4-1 (2008 European Championship)
Netherlands vs France 0-0 (2004 Friendlies)
France vs Netherlands 2-3 (2000 European Championship)
France vs Netherlands 2-1 (1997 Friendlies)

Netherlands vs France prediction

The forthcoming clash will be a perfect opportunity for both managers to see the current strength of their teams. Danny Blind will use the following matches to start the preparations for the World Cup qualifiers which will start in September, while Didier Deschamps wants to test some of the new players before he decides who could earn a place in France this summer.

Netherlands have been going through a rough patch

For the first time since 2002, Holland failed to qualify for a mayor tournament. This season’s Euro will be the first one after 1984 that will be held without the Oranje. Even though Blind failed to qualify from the European Championship group stage, he remained at the helm for the upcoming World Cup qualifications and now he needs to prepare his charges for the upcoming challenges through friendly matches. The Dutch managed to finish 2015 with a triumph over Whales and will try to keep the winning spirit in order to end the three-game losing run on home soil in their encounter against les Tricolores. The Oranje suffered defeats during the previous two visits of les Bleus, but proved to be lethal for Didier Deschamps’ charges in Euro tournaments of 2008 and 2000. However, a single win in their previous five home matches does not give Danny Blind’s men the right to consider themselves as favorites this time out.

Utrecht defender Timo Letschert is one of the newcomers. Ron Vlaar left his injury behind him, so he is back in the team. As expected, Robin van Persie was left out, since he is struggling for minutes in Fenerbahce. PSV Eindhoven youngster Jurgen Locadia earned a call due to his solid performances this term, and will accompany Mitchell Dijks, Joel Veltman, Riechedly Bazoer and Davy Klaasen from Ajax. Danny Blind will rely on the experienced players such as Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Erik Pieters and Ibrahim Afellay to lead the way.

Didier Deschamps leads a strong team

Five triumphs in their last six fixtures prove that les Tricolores have not taken the preparations for the Euro 2021 for granted. Didier Deschamps managed to form a strong team capable of defeating any opponent, if we disregard their latest slip-up against England. The real strength of the team was displayed in the amazing performance against the World champions, Germany (2-0). Truth being told, les Bleus have not been as successful on their travels of late, but the current form of their forwards could prove lethal for Netherlands’ leaky defense. Antoine Griezmann has been scoring for fun in Atletico in recent matches and with 17 goals to his name in La Liga this season is club’s current top goal scorer. Due to the absence of Benzema, Olivier Giroud should take the central spot in the offensive line, while Kingsley Coman or Anthony Martial could cover the other flank. Danny Blind’s charges conceded eight goals in their last three home fixtures, so I expect a goal or two in Holland’s net this Friday night.

Paul-Georges Ntep has been ruled out of the Euro 2021 due to his emergency surgery. Leicester City star, N’Golo Kante, will have a chance to record his first cap for the national team, as a reward for his outstanding displays for the Foxes. West Ham main man Dimitri Payet finally returns to the squad, since his memorable performances seem to have persuaded Deschamps to give him a chance in the warm-up matches. Mathieu Valbuena misses out due to injury, while controversial Karim Benzema is still suspended. Eliaquim Mangala was replaced with Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu, whereas Kevin Gameiro, Alexandre Lacazette and Hatem Ben Arfa have been left out.

Quick Facts

  • Holland defeated France in their last two encounters in Euro 2000 and Euro 2008
  • Les Tricolores won five of their last six fixtures
  • Netherlands recorded three consecutive defeats on home soil
  • Didier Deschamps’ sharges have been blowing hot and cold on their travels
  • Les Bleus triumphed over Danny Blind’s men in their last friendly fixture in 2014

Netherlands vs France betting tip

Netherlands are still in the forming phase of the team that will challenge the World Cup qualifications in Russia, and, given their current home form, I do not reckon they are capable of achieving a positive result this time out. France, on the other hand, currenlty have a range of players displaying outstanding performances in their clubs, and their individual quality could secure a triumph for the visitors. This is why I will put my money on les Bleus.

Tip: France to win

Odds: 2.05 (21/20) @BetVictor

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