It was fantastic to see the Netherlands enjoy a 3-0 victory over Germany last month, with Dutch football slowly coming out of the doldrums thanks to the emergence of some talented young players in the Eredivisie.
Ronald Koeman appears to be a good fit as manager of the national side, with the former central defender effectively a legend in his own country and he will now look for his team to build on that win when the World Cup winners come to town.
De Kuip in Rotterdam is sure to be bouncing for this encounter and it’s not implausible that the Dutch can ride a crest of a wave and Betfair offer 2/1 that the home supporters are celebrating come the final whistle, with Koeman setting them up to win this clash.
Holland will be led into battle by Virgil van Dijk and the gargantuan Liverpool defender broke the deadlock against Die Mannschaft in Amsterdam and can be backed at 33/1 with William Hill to score the opening goal of this game which looks a touch of value.
France Looking Good
France are sitting pretty after playing three Nations League clashes, winning two of these matches and drawing the other one away to Germany. Didier Deschamps’ side remain the team to beat in Europe for the time being, with the manager retaining the services of virtually all of his World Cup winners.
Les Bleus are a 16/11 chance with Unibet to claim another victory over the Netherlands, having previously beaten the same opponents by a 2-1 scoreline in Saint-Denis, although perhaps it will be the Dutch who draw the most confidence from losing narrowly against a team who were enjoying a World Cup homecoming.
It’s worth noting that a draw would suit both teams at this moment in time. It would put France through to the play-offs and a chance to add inaugural Nations League winner to their title of world champions, while the Dutch would move three points ahead of Germany and boast a vastly superior head-to-head record ahead of the teams meeting in Gelsenkirchen.
Is a Draw Possible?
BetVictor have 13/5 that this clash ends all square and the French are certainly capable of keeping things tight from a defensive point-of-view, although both of their Nations League victories have been achieved with a 2-1 scoreline thus far.
Deschamps’ side are 8/1 with Unibet to claim yet another 2-1 win and you can get the same price with William Hill that France claim a slender 1-0 victory, with the aim being to soak up an early Dutch onslaught and grow into the game as they managed to do in several of the 2018 World Cup encounters.
Martial to Break Deadlock (If He Starts)
Anthony Martial’s performances for Manchester United have been catching the eye and it’s little surprise that the 22-year-old has been called up for international duty, with Ladbrokes going 15/2 that he breaks the deadlock although he might have to contend with a place on the bench.
Antoine Griezmann is the ultimate counter-attack player and Bet365 have 5/1 that the Atletico Madrid star finds the net first, although he could be competing with the lively Kylian Mbappe who found the net in the reverse fixture and he’s 5/1 with Betfair to get his team up and running in this one.