EUROPE: World Cup - Qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
Last summer day will be marked by the qualifying campaign of the forthcoming World Cup 2018 in Russia. For 6 days in 9 European qualifying groups one after another will be held the 7th and 8th rounds.
We propose you one of the most interesting meetings of the seventh matchday. This is a super battle of two favorites of modern football – national teams of France and Netherlands. The match will be held on the 31st of August at the main arena of the Tricolor Stade de France.
In October 2016 in Amsterdam was held the first meeting of the national teams of Holland and France and it has ended with the winning of guests with the minimum score 0:1. This victory has determined the current tournament advantage of the Tricolor over the Oranges. And here is the champions’ race of the group A prior to the seventh round:
Sweden – 13, France – 13, Netherlands – 10, Bulgaria – 9, Belarus – 5, Luxembourg – 1;
As we see, the original favorite of the first sextet is now facing two serious opponents. And that is why, the battle at the final stage of qualifiers will be interesting.
The history of opposition
The history of opposition of the national teams of France and Holland began more than a century ago, on the 10th of May, 1908 and has now 27 matches (+13=4=10).
And now very interesting fact! Two great national teams have met 6 times (+2=1-3) in qualifiers and final tournaments of the World Cups and European Championships. And the only battle of the Tricolor and the Oranges in Paris on Parc des Princes was held 36 years ago, on the 17th of November 1981 and ended with the victory of hosts (score 2:0).
The forthcoming battle on Stade de France is extremely important for the team of Didier Deschamps and, of course, for the team of Dick Advocaat. In case of another defeat the three-times Vice-champions of the World (1974, 1978, 2010) can miss FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The national team of France is lacking in Ousmane Dembélé who is banned from game practice. But Kylian Mbappé despite the similar situation is now in the berth of Didier Deschamps for the forthcoming battle with the Oranges. The team of Dick Advocaat is also strong. Even Robin van Persie was invited to the national team after two years pause.
Bookmakers prefer the hosts. And we present you the bet on the scored goals.
France – 1.70, draw – 3.60, Netherlands –5.00;
Our tip: both teams to score (yes) - odds 2.06 Bet-at-home