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France vs Netherlands: The football classic



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The Gauls are awaiting the Netherlands, who need to win this match. The situation in group A is complicated, but we believe that the hosts are going to be victorious.


Stadium: Stad de France

Date: 31 August 2017

Time: 19:45


The Gauls are awaiting the Netherlands, who need to win this match. The situation in group A is complicated, but we believe that the hosts are going to be victorious.


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France to win
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Reasons for betting on France vs Netherlands tip

We are upon a European football classic at Stade de France in Paris. France is hosting the Netherlands, in the ultimate derby of the Group A.  The home team has three points more than the guests, and this could be the decisive game for both sides. France needs to win and keep the pursuit for the first place. Meanwhile, Dick Advocaat’s team has the last chance to join the race for the top spot or at least the playoffs.

France overview

The French team had a slow start in qualifications with a draw in Belarus 0-0, but after that, they had 4 wins in a row. That fantastic streak ended after a defeat in Sweden 2-1. In between, the Gauls played several friendly matches in which they had inconsistent performances and lots of experiments. When looking only the competitive encounters, 4 of the previous 5 games France played, ended with both teams to score. Also, the same games saw over 2.5 goals and France scored at least twice in them. The most lethal weapon of this team is Olivier Giroud who played 9 games for the national team in this year and scored 7 goals. He could be the x-factor in this game, because the guests do not have a defender who could guard him. Raphael Varane is out for this match because of an injury.

Netherlands overview

Oranje has to win here if they want to continue the race for the World Cup. After two defeats, against France and Bulgaria, there is no room for calculations, and this is win or go home situation for them. Currently, if we count friendly international games, the Netherlands has 3 wins in a row with 12 scored goals and one allowed. Also, prior to those games, they lost against Italy, in a match where they performed well. In 3 games away from home in the qualifications, Oranje has one win, draw, and defeat respectively. In those games, they scored and conceded 4 goals apiece, and there was a huge difference in the quality of play when comparing them with the ones at home.

Head to head matches

France and the Netherlands provided us with many spectacles in the past. Some of them were competitive and had crucial importance for winning some trophy, on the other hand some were friendly. But the main thing is that the spectators always saw a good game.
In 25 clashes the Gauls are slightly better with 12 victories, while Oranje has 10. 3 events were without winners. . The guests have a better goal difference 57-46, therefore high-efficiency is the trademark of their meetings.
France has three straight wins, and among them is the one from the first leg in these qualifications, 1-0.

Prediction for France vs Netherlands tip

In our opinion, we would back up the French national team here. They are playing at home, and we think that France has more strength in the midfield, therefore that is going to be a crucial advantage for the hosts. For the second pick, our suggestion is between 2 or 3 goals.

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