Netherlands will be looking to get their pound of flesh when they welcome Group B runaway leaders France to the Johan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam) this Friday. The Oranje suffered an embarrassing 4-0 loss in France in the opening round of group games but they recovered to win their next three matches against minnows Gibraltar, Greece and away in Ireland in the last round. Those wins have them 2nd in the group, six points adrift of the leaders France but with a game in hand. A win here will not only be a payback but will also throw the leadership of the group wide open going into the last round.
France have been perfect in this campaign. Not only have they won all 5 of their group matches, they have also kept a clean sheet in all these games, scoring 11 goals in the process. Their 2-0 win over Ireland in the last round was also their 12th straight unbeaten European qualifier. Didier Deschamps will be willing his boys to finish off their impressive run with a win here that will seal their qualification. Les Bleus have had a wealth of talent in the team led by the new captain Kylian Mbappe who scored a brace when they beat Netherlands 4-0 at the Parc des Princes.
While that first match featured a rather under-strength Netherlands team due to a virus infection that took down a number of key players during a pre-match camp, this one should have both teams at relative full strength. We fancy another end-to-end encounter with the leadership of Group B at stake. The attacking talent on both teams gives us every reason to believe that we could be in for a spectacle here. We fancy a bucketload of goals and we are going for at least 4 to be scored here as our main Netherlands vs France prediction.
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Main tip: Over 3.5 Goals
Our Netherlands vs France predictions
According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:
Prediction 1: Over 3.5 Goals
As usual, top-of-the-table clashes are always competitive. Neither team will want to fall off the pace and they will give everything they have here. Arsenal are yet to taste defeat this season, be it at home or on the road.
Man City meantime have also been on a roll, with the loss last weekend to Wolves the only blot on an otherwise perfect start to the season.
Last season, these teams played out to a 1-1 draw at halftime at this venue before City romped to a 3-1 win. We fancy the game to be tight at the start here too and we are backing this game to end in a draw at halftime with exciting odds for this option offered at 1xBet
Odds for this bet
1xBet offers competitive odds for the bet “Over 3.5 Goals”
The odd of 2.18 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 46% chance that this game will end in a draw at halftime
Odds comparison for Over 3.5 Goals
1xBet – Odd 2.18
Betboro – odd 2.15
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Prediction 2: Both Teams to Score
These are two of the best-attacking teams in the league. Their style of play almost mirrors each other. They both like to possess the ball and create as many openings as they can as they build up their plays and sets from the back. Both of them have registered at least a goal in all their 7 league games thus far. Looking at their recent encounters, 4 of their last 5 H2H have seen both teams scoring. We fancy this trend to continue and we are tipping both teams to find the back of the net in this match with great odds for this option available at Paripesa.
Odds for this bet
Paripesa offers competitive odds for “Both Teams to Score”
The odd of 1.67 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 60% chance that both teams will score in this match
Odds comparisons for Both Teams to Score
Paripesa – odd 1.67
10Bet – 1.62
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Prediction 3: Over 3.5 Bookings
With the recent renaissance of Arsenal back into the title race conversations, games such as this acquire a larger-than-life image. They could very well end up being a determining factor in the bigger scheme of things. There is no love lost between these teams. If the Charity Shield they faced off in to kick off the season is anything to go by, we can expect a cracking game here. 5 bookings were issued in that match, which is technically just another friendly game.
This is an early season marker and both teams will be keen to underline their title credentials here and to send a memo to all other challengers and pretenders to the title. A physical encounter that is likely to lean toward cynical tackles is to be expected. Michael Oliver has been assigned this game and the no-nonsense center referee is never shy when it comes to instilling control in such high-pressure games. We expect him to have a busy afternoon here, and we are backing at least 4 bookings @ 1.71 at Paripesa
Statistics for Netherlands vs France Prediction
Looking at the last 10 meetings between these teams:
This has been pretty one-sided. City have had 8 wins and Arsenal won twice
These meetings have averaged 3.00 goals a game
France won the last encounter 4-0
Latest results Netherlands
3 wins, a draw and a loss in their last 5 matches
12 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.40 goals per match
Lost 2-1 away at Lens in their midweek UCL match
Latest results France
3 wins, and 2 losses in their last 5 games
11 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.20 goals per match
Beat RB Leipzig 3-1 in their UCL midweek match
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Possible squad Netherlands & France
Line upNetherlands France GoalkeeperFlekkenMalganDefenseDumfries, Geertruida, van Dijk, AkéKounde, Konate, Upamecano, HernandezMidfieldWieffer, de Jong, SimonsWiefferTchouameni, Camavinga, ComanForwardMalen, Lang, GakpoGriezmann, Muani, MbappeMissingNoneNoneCoachRonald KoemanDidier Deschamps
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