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Netherlands vs France match preview
Two former European Champions go head-to-head in Amsterdam, with both seeking to move one step closer to Euros qualification.
Back in March, France steamrollered Netherlands 4-0 at Stade de France, scoring thrice inside the opening 20 minutes, with Kylian Mbappé bagging a brace.
Overall, Didier Deschamps’ side can boast a perfect record in Euro qualifying, winning five out of five, most-recently swatting aside Ireland 2-0 at Parc des Princes; Aurélien Tchouaméni and Marcus Thuram scoring.
Only twice before have les Bleus qualified for a Euro with maximum points, doing so en route to 1992 and 2004.
Here, a victory would rubber stamp France’s place at next summer’s finals, while they’d also secure top spot if Greece fail to beat Ireland simultaneously.
Hosts Netherlands meantime have won all three of their qualifiers since the mauling in Paris, most-recently hammering Greece 3-0 in Eindhoven, before coming from a goal down to prevail in Dublin last month.
Cody Gakpo and Wout Weghorst on target in both.
Having played one game fewer, Ronald Koeman’s team are level on points with Greece, who they face on Monday, so defeat here could leave Oranje in a perilous position ahead of that trip to Athens.
The last time the French took to the field on Dutch soil they were beaten 2-0 at De Kuip in 2018, with Georginio Wijnaldum and then Memphis on target.
So, can Holland claim back-to-back home wins over France for the first time since 1981, or will les Bleus leave Johan Cruijff Arena with their 100% record still in tact?
Netherlands team news
Goalkeeper Mark Flekken, who started both September qualifiers, is out injured, so Brighton’s Bart Verbruggen is widely-expected to make his debut, chosen over Andries Noppert and Nick Olij, the latter is also uncapped.
Elsewhere, Matthijs de Ligt, Jurriën Timber, Sven Botman, Tyrell Malacia, Frenkie de Jong, Steven Berghuis, Teun Koopmeiners, Noa Lang, Memphis and Cody Gakpo are also all out injured.
So, Micky van de Ven could make his debut for this depleted side, starting alongside fellow Premier League players, captain Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Aké.
Having scored against both Greece and Ireland last month, will Wout Weghorst score again?
Predicted XI (3-4-3): Verbruggen; van de Ven, van Dijk, Aké; Dumfries, Wieffer, de Roon, Blind; Simons, Malen, Weghorst.
France team news
Les Bleus meantime are without Jules Konudé, Dayot Upamecano, William Saliba, Axel Disasi, Wesley Fofana, Ferland Mendy, Presnel Kimpembe, Christopher Nkunku and Moussa Diaby due to injury.
Mike Maignan is the number one these days, marking the start of this new era by saving a Memphis penalty when Oranje visited Paris seven months ago.
Elsewhere, Antoine Griezmann hasn’t missed a single competitive international since his debut at the 2014 World Cup, that’s 81 matches and counting.
He could start as the number ten, completing a fearsome attacking quartet, in-behind Ousmane Dembélé, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé, who’s previously scored four times against Holland.
Given that seven defenders are out, Malo Gusto and Castello Lukeba could make their debuts during this international window, although these are more likely to come in Tuesday’s friendly against Scotland in Lille.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Maignan; Pavard, Konaté, L Hernandez, T Hernandez; Tchouaméni, Camavinga, Griezmann; Dembélé, Mbappé, Giroud.