The World Champions are back on home turf after a respectable 0-0 draw against Germany in the first match of their UEFA Nations League campaign, their first game since their World Cup triumph over Croatia in Russia. They will be the favourite coming into this game against the Netherlands who in recent years have had turbulent times.

 

STATS PACK

France’s 0-0 draw against Germany stopped a four-game winning run.

Netherlands are also unbeaten in their last four games.

France have now gone over a year without tasting defeat in a competitive match.

The last clash between these sides was in 2017 on this same ground and France were 4-0 winners on the night.

France have won the last four meetings against Netherlands and Les Oranjes have not beaten France in 10 years.

Netherlands have not won in France in 65 years.

France have won 14 of their last 17 home matches across all competitions.

France have not conceded a goal in 67% of their last six matches played against Netherlands.

Netherlands have seen over1.5goals in their last four matches.

Netherlands have lost just once in their last six games, winning 3 and 2 draws.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

France have not lost to Netherlands in 10 years.

The last meeting between these sides was in 2017 on this same ground and Netherlands lost 4-0.

France have not lost at home to Netherlands in 65 years.

 

HOME TEAM NEWS

Didier Deschamp is not expected to make wholesale changes to the side that held Germany to a goalless draw in Munich on Thursday night. There could be a rest for right back, Benjamin Pavard after being clattered into by Rudiger’s boot. He could be replaced by Monaco’s Sidibe. Alphonse Areola is expected to keep his place in goal after his Man-Of-The-Match display against the Germans.

 

AWAY TEAM NEWS

Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands are a work in progress after some disappointing years. In the wake of the retirement of highly experienced and influential midfield lynchpin, Wesley Sneijder (134caps), Brighton’s Propper and Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum would be entrusted with the mantle of leading the midfield. Memphis Depay continues to shine in attack and would be coming into this game in a buoyant mood after his two-goal exploits against Peru. Van Dijk, De Ligt and Blind are expected to continue in a three-man defence with Jasper Cillessen in goal.

 

SUMMARY

Ronald Koeman’s Dutch revolution is in a good moment but would hit a snag against this dynamic and disciplined French side playing on their home turf for the first time since their World Cup win. This is not the best of time for The Netherlands to play France, but this clash should help Ronald Koeman going forward in his rebuilding process.

PREDICTIONS

A tough day looms for the Les Oranjes, coupled with their dismal record against France, I can’t see them taking anything away from this game other than few lessons on where and what to improve on.

Fancy France to win 2-0. (1; over1.5goals)

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