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World Cup Qualifiers – Amsterdam clash one to savour

World Cup Qualifiers – Amsterdam clash one to savour

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We’ve been rather spoilt in this international window with two high profile collisions.

Italy preserved their long unbeaten qualifying record by holding Spain in Turin on Thursday and now France make the short trip to Amsterdam for a showdown with the Netherlands.

Two of European football’s traditional big guns, but they are approaching this campaign from greatly different angles.

On the back of hosting Euro 2016, Les Bleus have plenty to be pleased about despite ultimately falling to Portugal in the final.

Didier Deschamps’ side created a positive impression and the emergence of Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet was perhaps the biggest plus-factor from the tournament.

The Dutch, incredibly, looked in from the outside as Europe’s footballing nations enjoyed a summer festival. The ignominy of completely missing out on the expanded 24-team tournament must have cut deep for the Oranje.

Now these nations find themselves together in Group A as they seek to secure a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Just one automatic place to fight for with a potential danger-side in Sweden also in the mix.

Neither will want to concede early ground with defeat at the Amsterdam Arena.

Both France and the Netherlands scored four times in winning Friday’s games, beating Bulgaria and Belarus respectively.

France boss Deschamps has vowed to attack here and his side are 6/5 with ComeOn! to win the game.

Danny Blind’s Dutch also look geared for attack and with both teams to score priced at 1/1 with ComeOn! that looks the best option for profit in what threatens to be an open contest.

The Swedes meanwhile host Bulgaria in what is a must-win game. An opening draw for Janne Andersson’s side against the Dutch has given them something to build on, although they just about edged out Luxembourg last time out.

Bulgaria have conceded seven goals in two games – three of them against Luxembourg – and the home side are put forward to score over 1.5 goals at 10/19 with ComeOn!, perhaps a safer bet than backing a Sweden win at 5/12.

In Group B, the Faroe Islands find themselves in unchartered territory with four points from two games having won in Latvia last time out. A visit from the European champions should result in a reality check however.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four against Andorra and he can help his side overcome a one-goal handicap at odds of 5/12 in the Faroes.

Latvia meanwhile should allow 10/11 shots Hungary get their first win after they came off second best in a five-goal tussle with Switzerland on Friday.

In Group H, Greece can build on their win over Cyprus by returning from Estonia with three points, with the 2004 European champions expected to oblige at 5/7.

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