France have won all five of their previous qualifiers and will look to make it six on Friday.
Vive La France
Two teams will secure automatic qualification out of Group B and the invite for the Netherlands is yet to be rubber stamped.
Dutch Aren’t Much
After missing out on in the most dramatic World Cup Final ever witnessed, France’s national team have managed to have the perfect response. Five Euro 2024 qualifiers have resulted in five wins for Didier Deschamps’ men, and they already have one foot in Germany next summer.
While should results go Les Blues way on Friday, qualification to the European Champions would be secured. The results in question could be a number of combinations but ultimately, they must better what Greece do against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
Greece are still in the Euro 2024 mix and the same can be said for France’s upcoming hosts and opponents the Netherlands. Both they and the European Champions of 2004 find themselves six points behind France before Friday’s next cycle of qualifiers.
With that being said, the Dutch do have a secret weapon in their hand as the battle for qualification intensifies. They may be on the same points as their Greek counterparts, but Ronald Koeman’s men do have a game in hand.
Four qualifiers contested by De Oranje and three successive wins have followed since their bruising defeat in France seven months ago. A 4-0 thumping in Paris that was masterminded by who else but Kylian Mbappe.
The PSG star may have been kept quiet by Newcastle a week or so ago, but he was certainly hitting the high notes at the expense of the Dutch back in March. Two goals for the forward that night and two more have followed in qualifiers since.
Not only that, but this current French crop has been ruthless at both ends of the pitch. 11 goals registered from their first five qualifiers and impressive as that may sound, they are yet to concede at the other end.
Admittedly, the opposition that they have gone up against has not always been world class but at the same time you can only beat what is put in front of you and the twice World Champions have certainly managed this.
A national side that is brimming with confidence, travelling to a side that you never quite know what you are going to get. On their day, the Dutch can be delightful. On another, they can be nothing short of disaster.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips and although France have kept things clean so far, I do see them finally conceding on Friday. However, this will not derail their winning groove and therefore, the away win and both teams to score is priced at 7/2.
In addition to this, I am going to opt for a correct score pick as well. If both teams are on the scoresheet, then a 2-1 win for France seems tempting enough and with it being priced at 8/1, this is also going on the betting slip.