Kick off: Monday, October 10, 7:45 PM GMT
Venue: Amsterdam Arena (Amsterdam)
Head to head record
Netherlands vs France 2-3 (Friendly International 2016)
France vs Netherlands 2-0 (Friendly International 2014)
Netherlands vs France 4-1 (Euro 2018)
Netherlands vs France 0-0 (Friendly International 2004)
France vs Netherlands 2-3 (Euro 2000)
Netherlands vs France prediction
All eyes will be on Amsterdam Arena when Netherlands and France face each other in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Top position in Group A is at stake and, no doubt, there will be fireworks when the two European giants take on each other in what is expected to be the most entertaining match of Monday’s program.
Routine win over Belarus
Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 finals, with the team experiencing all sorts of problems in qualifying matches against the likes of Turkey, Iceland and Czech Republic. The Oranje are desperate to book their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but coach Danny Blind is certainly under big pressure. Netherlands kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw against Sweden and they rolled over Belarus in their second group game on Friday evening. It is well known that the Oranje are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but Monday’s clash against France will be anything but a walk in the park for Danny Blind’s charges. Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes scored a brace against Belarus, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay in the Group A derby.
Out-of-form attacker Robin Van Persie did not make the squad, while Arjen Robben misses the match due to the lack of fitness. Stefan de Vrij has overcome his injury, but he is unlikely to start.
A win for top position
Against all odds, France dropped two points in a goalless draw with Belarus in the opening match of their World Cup qualifying campaign. Les Tricolores failed to impress against Aleksandr Khatskevich’s troops, but they proved their worth in a 4-1 win over Bulgaria on Friday evening. The European Championship finalist came from behind to beat the Bulgarians at Stade de France and attacking duo Kevin Gameiro – Antoine Griezmann looked unstoppable in France’s second group game. Didier Deschamps’ charges are eyeing top position in Group A and there is every chance the visitors will adopt an attack-minded approach in Monday’s clash against Netherlands. Paul Pogba has been struggling to find his best form at the start of the season, but the Manchester United superstar is certainly capable of making life difficult for the opposition defenders. In previous two meetings between the two teams France emerged triumphant, but les Tricolores can’t afford any complacency in the Group A derby.
Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema have been left out of the squad, with Patrice Evra being omitted as well. Kevin Gameiro is widely expected to lead the line for France against Netherlands.
- 17 goals were scored in previous five meetings between France and Netherlands
- Netherlands had 27 goal attempts against Belarus
- France suffered only one defeat in previous 14 matches
- Oranje suffered five defeats in previous six home games
- In their last meeting in a competitive game Netherlands crushed France 4-1
Netherlands vs France betting pick
Both Netherlands and France impressed in their second group games and I would not be surprised if we see a lively contest at Amsterdam Arena. Both teams are eager to cement top position in Group A and there is every chance over 2.5 goals will be scored in Monday’s showdown. Five goals were netted in their last meeting on the international stage and, taking everything into account, fans should see a high-scoring affair in Amsterdam.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals