France v Netherlands betting preview
France have won seven of their last ten home gamesFrance drew 0-0 in Germany on Thursday in arguably their toughest fixture of the tournament. This was their first match since beating Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final. The current world champions are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competitions. Didier Deschamps' men did the double over the Oranje in 2018 World Cup qualifying, including a 4-0 thrashing just over 12 months ago. As a result, Les Bleus have won their last four games against Netherlands. On French soil that competitive unbeaten record stretches back to March 2013.
Alphonse Areola is expected to retain his place in goal after his stunning performance last time out. Ousmane Dembele will be pushing for a start after a 25-minute cameo against Germany while Nabil Fekir could be benched once again. Benjamin Mendy will be looking for a chance to impress after a good start to the season for Manchester City, but he will have a tough test to displace Lucas Hernandez. Up front, the likes of Kylian Mbappè. Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann will for the front trio. Corentin Tolisso could replace Blaise Matuidi in midfield should Deschamps look to be more offensive.
Netherlands are not to be underestimated despite recent failuresNetherlands have failed to qualify for the last two major tournaments and are rebuilding under new manager Ronald Koeman, who has won two and drawn two of his five games in charge. The Oranje came from 1-0 down to beat Peru 2-1 on Wednesday, courtesy of a brace scored by Memphis Depay. They have won four and lost just one of their seven friendlies since the end of another failed qualification campaign, and away from home they haven’t failed to score in just over a year.
Ronald Koeman opted for a 3-4-2-1 formation against Peru on Thursday but is expected to play with a 3-4-3 formation against Les Blues. Daryl Janmaat, Patrick van Aanholt and Stefan de Vrij will all push for starts in defence, with Jesper Cillessen starting between the posts. Wesley Sneijder has retired from international duty last Thursday and 21-year-old talent Frenkie De Jong is likely to step up. Kevin Strootman and Georginio Wijnaldum will start in the middle of the park, while Memphid Depay will be flanked by Justin Kluivert and Ryan Babel in attack.
France v Netherlands Starting Lineups France (4-3-3): Areola; Mendy, Pavard, Umtiti, Varane; Pogba, Kantè, Matuidi; Giroud, Mbappè, Griezmann
Netherlands (3-4-3): Cillessen; Van Dijk, Blind, De Ligt; Janmaat, Van Aanholt, Wijnaldum, Strootman; Babel, Depay, Kluivert
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