The first round of the EURO 2024 qualifications features another European classic. France vs. Netherlands encounter at Stade de France appears to be the centerpiece of Friday’s schedule. Both nations are heavy favorites to advance out of the group stage and are serious contenders for EURO 2024 title. The fans hope to see a high-scoring affair, due to superb offensive potential and an attacking mentality on both sides of the field.
France vs. Netherlands Preview
Defeat at the World Cup finals cost France (-110) the chance to join an elite group of countries that have successfully defended their title. Injuries decimated Gauls, and we are sure that if Deschamps had all of his top players available (Benzema, Kante, Pogba), this team would probably end up taking the trophy.
France hasn’t played since the finals on December 18. Yet, the players are familiar with one another, with healthy chemistry, looking good in their clubs, so that won’t be a problem for Deschamps.
Mbappe and the boys haven’t been that confident at home. In three UEFA Nations League events, we saw them losing twice, to Denmark 1-2 and Croatia 0-1, with the only victory being against Austria 2-0.
After Oranje’s impressive start in Qatar, many thought they could finally win the World Cup. The Netherlands (+333) went 19 games undefeated before losing in the quarterfinals to Argentina, so this generation has high quality.
The Netherlands national team is known for its flashy, fast-paced, and attacking football, which has been their philosophy since the 1970s. Liverpool’s attacker Cody Gakpo is the focal point of this unit, who organizes more or less everything in their game.
Oranje has an offensive game plan, and the stats back it up, with the Netherlands netting at least twice in all but one of their previous ten appearances. Regarding the defense, Van Dijk and the boys are usually reliable, but they often concede against better offenses. Luckily, their forwards are there to cover up all that.
France vs. Netherlands Head to Head Games
In their most recent 2018 UEFA Nations League matchup, France defeated the rivals 2-1 at Stade de France. Though, Oranje answered with a 2-0 victory in front of their home fans in Amsterdam.
The head-to-head record between these two nations is currently on France’s side. The Gauls have won 14 times, the Netherlands 11, and three events concluded without winners.
France vs. Netherlands Predictions
It’s well-known that the French attack is the most effective in Europe and probably in the world as well. The results in Qatar are the finest evidence of this. When talking about their defense, the Gauls struggle in that area, but the fantastic offense neutralizes all that. The Dutch unit has a similar playing style, which is why we predict plenty of goals in this game, three at least. The odds on that are set at +105, and as you see, the bookmakers don’t share the same opinion as we do, but sometimes, you need to go against the mainstream narrative. It can be profitable.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals +105
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Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.
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