Preview - France vs Netherlands 10 September 18

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Sep 08, 2018, 04:53 AM Last Edit: Sep 09, 2018, 01:08 AM by Harry85
Uefa Nations League A Group 1
France vs Netherlands
Monday, September 10th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  Stade de France

France:
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.80
Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud (31)

Netherlands:
Last five matches form: L W D D W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.90
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.60
Top Scorer: Memphis Depay (11)

One of the highlights od this weekends Uefa Nations League encounters comes in France as a Netherlands side on the comeback trail come calling.

Ronald Koeman takes charge of the Netherlands for the sixth time having made a solid start. Going down narrowly to England in his first game in the hot seat, the Dutch have since recorded and impressive 3-0 win in Portugal, beat Peru and drawn with Slovenia and Italy. Perhaps things are now looking up again for this nation with such a rich footballing heritage.

They will find it tough to come away from the Stade de France with anything though. It will likely be close to a carnival atmosphere in the stands on what will be Frances first game on home soil since their glorious victory in Russia.

France have won 24 and lost just two of their past 29 International home games.

The Netherlands have likewise been solid on the road, tasting defeat just twice in their past 17. One of those losses did come here though when going down 4-0 in August last year.

The Netherlands bade farewell to one of their best players of modern times as Wesley Sneijder retired in midweek. Koeman looks set to now give youth a chance with eight members of the current squad 24 or younger. Included in that number is Memphis Depay who is in the form of his life at present.

France did give up chances despite keeping a clean sheet against Germany in midweek. With les bleus expected to come forward more back in front of their own fans, this may be an open affair. Overall though France are the World Champions for a reason and should just have enough.


Prediction: France 3 - 2 Netherlands

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  11 - 2
Shots on target: 8 - 1
Corner Kicks: 3 - 1
Possession: 60% - 40%

Two bookings in France, both for the World Champions. Antoine Griezman and Benjamin Pavard the men to have their names taken by referee Alberto Undiano.

This one went as expected in the end. Although France dominated for large periods - and indeed the entire first half - the Netherlands should come away from this game relatively pleased that they are at least on the right track under Ronald Koeman as they bid to erase the disappointments of recent years.

France were on top early in this one and it looked a matter of time before they took the lead. The opening goal came in the 14th minute. Quincy Promes giving the ball away in a dangerous area and Blaise Matuide playing a wicked ball across the six yard box, taking keeper Jasper Cillessen out of the game and allowing Kylian Mbappé to tap into an empty net.

Despite persistent pressure, France didn't create all that much in terms of clear-cut opportunities and it remained 1-0 at half-time.

The pattern of play remained the same in the first twenty minutes of the second half as it appeared France would stroll to victory. And then all of a sudden the Netherlands burst into life. Giorginio Wijnaldum played through on goal only to blaze wide.

Just 45 seconds later though the Dutch were back on level terms. Kenny Tete in acres pf space down the right and playing in a low ball which was met by Ryan Babel to finish past Alphonse Areola. 1-1 after 67 minutes.

The winner came eight minutes later, and it was France who grabbed it. Benjamin Mendy sending in a whipped ball from the left and Olivier Giroud just getting his left foot around Virgil van Dijk to finish excellently on the volley from around eight yards.

2-1 final score.


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