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France vs Netherlands

Competition – UEFA Nations League

Stadium – Stade de France

Date: 9th September 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

France returned to competitive football on Thursday after winning the World Cup in Russia and it ended in a goalless stalemate against Germany.

Didier Deschamp kept faith with the same group of players who won the World Cup however Germany were more than prepared for that game so we should expect the French men to turn on the style in this game.

With the likes of Benjamin  Mendy, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, and Corentin Tolisso not being able to break into the starting eleven, one can only imagine how supremely talented this French team is.

Les Bleus haven’t lost a competitive home fixture since 2013 and overall, they haven’t been beaten in competitive football for 15 months.

France have often won their home games in style including scoring three against England not so long ago; it will be interesting to see how Netherlands cope here.

The Netherlands are undergoing a major transition under the guidance of Ronald Koeman after they failed to qualify for the last two major competitions.

On Thursday, Wesley Sneijder who was so instrumental in their run up to the World Cup finals in 2010 retired from international football.

The Dutchmen have now turned to the Ajax academy to provide their next crop of stars.

The Liverpool duo of Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk are leading the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Justin Kluivert in the national team at the moment, and they have impressed in their most recent friendly games however this game will be a much tougher game for them.

France have won four, drawn one, and lost one of their last six meetings with the Netherlands.

Betting markets have France as strong odds-on favourites with goal markets suggesting a high-scoring affair.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

France

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W France 4-2 Croatia 15 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W France 1-0 Belgium 10 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Uruguay 0-2 France 6 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W France 4-3 Argentina 30 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
D Denmark 0-0 France 26 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup

Netherlands

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Italy 1-1 Netherlands 4 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Slovakia 1-1 Netherlands 31 May, 2018 International Friendly
W Portugal 0-3 Netherlands 26 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Netherlands 0-1 England 23 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Romania 0-3 Netherlands 14 Nov, 2017 International Friendly

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