Netherlands national team face France in the friendly.
Having failed their campaign during the Euro-2016 qualifiers, Netherlands national team failed to make it to the main tournament for the first time since 1988. It was a result of several factors. First, generation change. Experienced footballers like Robin Van Persie, Sneijder and Huntelaar aren’t that consistent anymore, as they have already passed their peak. Second, youth that Danny Blind has now isn’t ready yet to shoulder responsibilities of playing for their country.
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France in their turn made it to the final tournament automatically as there are the hosts. It seems France national team are currently the main favorite for the trophy. First, there are indeed experienced players like Lloris, Koscielny, Evra, Ribery and Giroud. Second, they also have many talented young players as Griezmann, Pogba, Martial, Coman and Varane. We should also mention that France have won 5 of their last 6 games losing only to England.
As to head-to-heads, here we can see the following: starting from Euro-96 Netherlands won 2 matches, tied 2 and only once were beaten by France in 2014 friendly (0:2). Netherlands are in poor shape now, but still they need to prepare the team to the upcoming WC-2018. France are very solid side with skilled performers on every position. Bookmakers consider France as favorites as well.
Prediction: France to win.