Both France and Netherlands have a good record when it comes the World Cup. France have participated in the previous five World Cup tournaments, winning it on home soil in 1998 and finishing runners-up in 2006. Netherlands also finished runners-up as recently as 2010 and finished third in the last World Cup in Brazil three years ago.
Therefore, these are two teams with strong World Cup pedigree but there is a danger one of them will not qualify from Group A and at present, that team looks like being the Netherlands.
The Dutch are in third place, 3 points off the leaders Sweden and France and with this match being in Paris, could find themselves 6 points adrift of the top two come the end of the game.
The French are trying to forget their 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the final of the 2016 European Championship.
They have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their 6 World Cup qualifying matches and have played just 2 matches at home. France have picked up maximum points from their 2 home games, defeating Bulgaria and Sweden but were made to work hard for the victory over the latter.
Away from home has been a slightly different story for France but they will be confident of picking up 3 points from this game as they have lost only 1 of their previous 18 home World Cup qualifying matches.
The past few years have been a struggle for the Netherlands and they failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship.
They are a team which appears to be in transition as a group of their more experienced players have made way for younger talent. This new look team has found life tough in Group A and they have lost 2 of their last 4 World Cup qualifying games.
They lost at home to France and away to Bulgaria and in years gone by these were fixtures Netherlands would aim to pick up at least 4 points from, with a draw against France and a win in Bulgaria. It wasn’t to be and Netherlands came away with nothing.
However, their away record in World Cup qualifying is quite good and the loss in Bulgaria was the first in 18 games for Netherlands. Unfortunately, none of the teams Netherlands have defeated in that run of away games are in the same category as France.
France have a tremendous squad of players with the star names being Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, and Antoine Griezmann. Hugo Lloris will captain the team in goal while Olivier Giroud is likely to keep out Arsenal team mate Alexandre Lacazette in attack.
Netherlands have recalled experienced striker Robin van Persie for this game and he will join Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben as being the most familiar faces in the Dutch squad.
Top Betting Tips
Given the form of both teams and the fact France are at home, it is difficult to ignore the French in this game and they are favourites at 8/15 with Ladbrokes to win this game.
Netherlands will struggle to keep a clean sheet in this match but will trouble the French defence when they get forward. Even if France win this game, don’t be surprised to see Netherlands score a goal. France to win and both teams to score is 11/4 with Bet365.
France have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches and Netherlands in each of their last 4 games. Over 2.5 goals is on offer at Evens with Bet365.