France vs Holland preview, betting tips and predictions: France to put Holland’s World Cup place in further doubt

Share this on

France to win and BTTS @ 13/5 with Betfair

France in both halves @ 7/5 with Betfair

Score draw @ 9/2 with Betfair

Looking at the history books, and even at some of the players on paper, this one should be a heavyweight clash. But Holland’s failure to qualify for Euro 2016, which France reached the final of in their own country, means they are going through a very poor spell right now despite still having some very good players in their squad.

Both these sides are still well in the race to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer, but neither are leading the group after six games. Sweden are ahead of France on goal difference, with both sides losing once in six games so far, with Holland three points behind in third after two defeats. Right now, it is looking like one of these two nations will miss out on qualification, and provided other results don’t go their way, defeat in France could be another nail in Dick Advocaat’s side’s coffin.

Didier Deschamps has a remarkable array of talent at his disposal, from the likes of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona new boy Ousmane Dembele. Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe, who scored 21 times last season and is fully expected to join PSG this week, has not yet scored in four games for Les Bleus, but as arguably the most amazing young player since Lionel Messi, he is always going to be a threat.

Deschamps has such options that Arsenal’s new £50million record signing Alexandre Lacazette rarely gets a look in for France.

Claim 10Bet £200 Free Bet

Holland’s main threat could come from Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, but their main issue has been failing to replace their ageing stars adequately. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder are just three who’s mantles have not been taken on, while France, as already mentioned, have almost too much quality. Memphis Depay, who plays in France for Lyon and is currently rebuilding his career after leaving Manchester United, could also cause problems.

That attack will be the difference between winning and losing for France, but ironically, it is Holland who top the group in terms of goals scored with 13 to Les Bleus’ 11, but they have conceded six to their hosts on Friday’s five. But with home advantage, and the added quality, France should come out on top, even if both teams score or it takes until the second half, as has been tipped here.

Statistically, France are not too far ahead of Holland, and it is not out of the question that they could get a point, but under the pressure they will be, it will take a big performance.

Key battle: Stefan de Vrij vs Kylian Mbappe

Now would be the perfect time for Mbappe to get off the mark internationally, and with France setting up in the same 4-4-2 formation that got so much out of him at Monaco last season, there is real hope it will happen soon.

Mbappe is extremely accomplished for an 18 year old, and the stats don’t tell the whole story. His intelligent runs are what make him stand out from the crowd as he showed in the Champions League knockout rounds against Borussia Dortmund and Juventus particularly. De Vrij will be under a lot of pressure not to allow Mbappe to run off his shoulder but that is obviously easier said than done. Sitting deep will be best for Holland, but they don’t want to get penned in, meaning Wijnaldum will be needed to get box-to-box. Mbappe could be good value to score.

Latest Betting Offers

New Offers 17
Enhanced odds Expires in 4 hours
Get 50/1 on Man United to beat Tottenham with Paddy Power

Take this new customer offer with a £1 bet now!

Learn more
Enhanced odds Expires in 1 days 4 hours
Claim Coral Enhanced Free bet Grab 25/1 on a goal to be scored in Tottenham vs Manchester Unite...

Take this new customer offer with a £1 bet now!

Learn more
Enhanced odds Expires in 2 days 3 hours
Take 25/1 on Man City to beat Swansea with Paddy Power

Take this new customer offer with a £1 bet now!

Learn more
Enhanced odds Expires in 2 days 3 hours
Claim Coral Enhanced Free bet Take 25/1 on Man City to beat Swansea with Coral

Take this new customer offer with a £1 bet now!

Learn more
Enhanced odds
Bet £10 On Five Sporting Bets And Get Another £10 Free With Pad...

Take this offer now!

Learn more
Offer
Boylesports Best Betting Offer Boylesports Horse Racing Betting Special | Get your money back as...

Boylesports full free bet refund on horse racing

Learn more
Offer
Paddy Power Best Betting Offer Paddy Power Horse Racing: Daily Money Back Special!

Get refunded if your horse finishes 2nd with Paddy Power.

Learn more
Offer
William Hill Sports Betting Offer William Hill Money Back Special on Horse Racing Betting

Get your money back as a free bet if your horse finishes 2nd.

Learn more
Offer
William Hill Sports Betting Offer William Hill Horse Racing | High 5 National Hunt Betting Offer

Back a horse on National Hunt and earn a free bet at William Hill.

Learn more
Offer
Claim Betfred Betting Offer Betfred Horse Racing Betting Offers | Scoop6 & Placepot

Win big with Betfred on Saturday horse races.

Learn more
Betway Sports Betting Offer Betway Footbal Betting Offer | Football ACCA Boost

Increase your winnings on football accumulators.

Learn more
Offer
Paddy Power Best Betting Offer Paddy Power Horse Racing: 2018 Cheltenham Festival Non Runner No ...

Get your money back if your horse doesn't run with Paddy Power.

Learn more
Offer
Coral Sports Betting Offer Coral Football: Super Acca Insurance

One team let you down? Don't worry. Coral have you covered with their ...

Learn more
Offer
Coral Sports Betting Offer Coral Horse Racing: Faller Insurance

Coral bookmakers covers you if your horse falls and refunds your stake...

Learn more
Offer
Betfair Sports Betting Offer Betfair Horse Racing: Back a 3/1+ Winner, Get A Free Bet!

Betfair offers a free bet on any Channel 4 horse race. Here are the fu...

Learn more
Offer
Ladbrokes football and horse racing Betting Ladbrokes Money Back 5 Team Acca Insurance!

A Fivefold wager on selected football leagues can insure you your mone...

Learn more
Enhanced odds
Ladbrokes football and horse racing Betting First Goalscorer - Double The Odds!

If your first goalscorer hits in the first 25 minutes, your price just...

Learn more
Tags :
Place your bet