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Netherlands vs France

Competition – UEFA Nations League

Stadium – De Kuip Stadion

Date: 16th November 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Netherlands have been on a poor run of form over the past few years and they have missed the last two major competitions.

However, having named Ronald Koeman as their new manager they have started their rebuilding process on a good note.

The Netherlands may have been beaten by France in the reverse fixture but their 3-0 win over Germany shows that they are a team that is very much on the rise and that should give them enough confidence to face France in this game.

Their win over Germany shows that they learnt from being beaten by France as they offered so much more in the attacking third against the Germans and did not give the 2014 World Cup winners enough space to attack them, but France are a more formidable side.

Les Blues are more of an effective team than a dominant side.

They built their success in Russia on the back of an effective approach play from defence to attack and they have continued that method in this competition.

France managed to dispatch their host in Paris but it wasn’t the most eye-catching performance.

While fans don’t expect them to struggle as much in this game, the Netherlands could find a few spaces to exploit in this game.

France have a good recent record against Netherlands as they have won all five of their last five matches, including two away in the Netherlands.

Bookmakers believe France will be victorious in this tie as they are currently trading as slight favourites to come out on top.

Goal markets point to this game seeing goals as over 2.5 goals is currently trading odds-on.

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

Netherlands

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Belgium 1-1 Netherlands 16 Oct, 2018 International Friendly
W Netherlands 3-0 Germany 13 Oct, 2018 UEFA Nations League
L France 2-1 Netherlands 9 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League
W Netherlands 2-1 Peru 6 Sep, 2018 International Friendly
D Italy 1-1 Netherlands 4 Jun, 2018 International Friendly

France

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W France 2-1 Germany 16 Oct, 2018 UEFA Nations League
D France 2-2 Iceland 11 Oct, 2018 International Friendly
W France 2-1 Netherlands 9 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League
D Germany 0-0 France 6 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League
W France 4-2 Croatia 15 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
France 2-1 Netherlands 9 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League

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