Netherlands are hosting France in the big derby of Group A of the World Cup qualifiers in Europe.
Alongside Sweden, these two teams are heading the group with 4 points won from two games played and now one of them could take an advantage at the Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam.
It’s curious that both teams won their last games in Group A of the WC qualifiers with the same result - 4-1. Netherlands scored four times against Belarus at home, while France did the exact same thing against Bulgaria. But now they will have a bigger test in front of them.
Alongside Bulgaria, Netherlands are the team with the most effective attack in the group so far, scoring five goals in their first two games. On the other hand, France and Sweden are the teams with the best defense so far, conceding just once since the start of the campaign.
The last time when these two teams met was in March, when France managed to win by a 3-2 in a friendly game. It’s an interesting fact that Netherlands and France met 24 times so far, but only in three of these occasions the game ended with a draw. France won 11 times, while Netherlands were the winners in ten of the occasions.
Prediction: These two teams know how to score goals and four of their last six meetings were high-scoring ones with at least over 2.5 goals. This should be enough to tell you that this is a good pick for this game. Avoiding to choose a winner is a smart decision in this case, although France look like a slight favourite, because of their more complete squad at the moment. But it would still be a very risky move, because of the overall class of the Dutch side as well.
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