France vs Netherlands Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

29th August 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

A high stakes game going on in Paris on Thursday night. France can take a huge step towards Russia 2018 with a home victory in this one. They start in second place in Group A with a three point advantage over third placed Netherlands. So Les Bleus would look far more secure in pursuit of a top-two finish with a win in this one. The Netherlands really need to find a way to win this one because a defeat could leave their qualification hopes for Russia 2018 looking pretty fragile.

France vs Netherlands Odds

France 4/7, Draw 14/5, Netherlands 11/2

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France vs Netherlands Betting Tips

France would be in a pretty good position in World Cup 2018 qualification if they were to break out a win in this one. This is an important game and it could be pretty defining in terms of the outcome of the group. France are three points ahead of the Netherlands and sat level with group leaders Sweden on 13 points from six games played. So there is a scenario here where the French could open up a six point lead over the Netherlands and you wouldn’t expect them to finish outside of the top two if that happens. So this is a major opportunity for France in this one who have gone W4 D1 L1 in the group so far, having beaten Sweden 2-1 and Bulgaria 4-1 on home soil so far. As they conceded in both of those games, both teams to score at Bet365 returns a price of even money which may be worth a flutter. When the two met in Holland earlier in the campaign, France took a 1-0 win.

France’s hero of the night then was Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Olivier Giroud has three qualification goals to his name and he is trading at a price of 5/4 in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market, but Antoine Griezmann and Alexandre Lacazette are joint 11/8 favourites in the market. The France have a lot of attacking depth in their squad to call on and will be expected to deliver on home soil. A France 2-1 win in the bet365 correct score market is an appealing price of 15/2, which backs the trend of home wins and both teams to score. The French are on a three match winning streak against the Dutch now and have lost just one of their last five against them (W3 D1 L1).

A loss would be pretty devastating for the Netherlands in this one, particularly if group leaders Sweden win on the night as well against Bulgaria. Either way, the Netherlands are going to be in trouble. They have taken just one point from their two big matches of the group stage, having drawn with Sweden and lost against France. So they haven’t been there when it has really mattered. What really hit them though was a massively disappointing away defeat out in Bulgaria back in March which really was the tipping point for them. If they don’t respond in this one then they may suffer the same fate as they did in missing out on Euro 2016, this time at the World Cup. Going forward they have Arjen Robben at 5/2 and Bas Dost at 9/4 as options for them and over 2.5 goals at bet365 is a price of 21/20. They aren’t likely going to have the defensive strengths to keep France out and this could be a very bitter night for them.



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