France and currently second in the World Cup qualifying European Group A standings but they can move ahead of leaders the Netherlands with a win in Amsterdam later.
Didier Deschamps’ men obliged for me last time out with a both teams to score bet in their 4-1 mauling of Bulgaria. The Netherlands also grabbed a 4-1 win in their last game as they comfortably eased past Belarus on Friday.
These two sides are arguably the favourites to progress from Group A. That makes this fixture a key one and I’m backing France to come out on top.
The Netherlands may be a proud footballing nation but their current crop of players are lacking in a bit of quality and experience. Winger Quincy Promes and Spurs striker Vincent Janssen, for example, have huge potential but they’re not quite the finished articles just yet and wouldn’t get into the great Dutch sides of old.
In contrast, France have a squad brimming with quality and had they managed to win the Euro 2016 final their present roster would be considered as a ‘golden generation’ if it isn’t already. The likes of Nabil Fekir, N’Golo Kante, Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial were left on the bench against Bulgaria but all four would be guaranteed starters for most other national sides, including the Dutch.
We also have recent history to consider in this fixture as the two sides met in a friendly in the Netherlands back in March. France emerged with a 3-2 victory that day and it could be more of the same later. The hosts ended a five-match losing home run with their win against Belarus but France will be too big a test and should come away with a win.
The Netherlands may have been out of form but generally they manage to score, with only Iceland securing a win to nil during their losing run. As such the 33/10 for a France win with both teams to score is my top bet for this match.