Netherlands take on the visitors France in the round 7 match of group stage of UEFA Euro-2024 qualification. The match will be played on Friday, October 13th at Johan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam).
The Netherlands cannot afford to relax right now. In 2021 and 2022, the Oranje performed impressively. They qualified for the World Cup, won their UEFA Nations League group, and in Qatar, they not only advanced from the group stage but also reached the quarter-finals. Furthermore, they managed to escape defeat against the eventual champions, Argentina, thanks to Weghorst's brace, but ultimately, Martinez and his team were victorious in the penalty shootout. However, all these achievements were under the leadership of Louis van Gaal. After the World Cup, he retired again, handing the team to Ronald Koeman. The decision to appoint Koeman was logical, as he previously led the Dutch team to the UEFA Euro 2020. However, the comeback hasn't gone smoothly: they suffered a heavy defeat to France in the first round of the qualifiers and, during the Final Four tournament in the summer, they lost to Croatia and even Italy. There were talks of Koeman's resignation, but in June, the Netherlands bounced back with wins against Greece and Ireland.
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France has maintained its momentum under Didier Deschamps for quite some time. They had a hiccup at the last Euro, but in 2016, they only lost to Portugal in extra time due to Eder's decisive goal. On the following occasion, at the 2018 World Cup, they managed to clinch the trophy. They had a chance to defend their world title in Qatar, and they displayed excellent football, culminating in a crucial match that many consider one of the best in history. However, Argentina was possibly not better but luckier, winning in a penalty shootout. Despite the ultimate disappointment and a relatively significant squad turnover, the Les Bleus are in excellent shape now. Led by the new captain, Mbappe, they barely noticed their opponents - consider the 4-1 start against the Dutch. There is a threat that the team may lose focus and motivation now, knowing that missing out on the Euro is no longer an option.
Head-to-head encounters have seen the French win six out of their last seven matches, including a 4-0 victory this year. However, the Dutch managed to secure a win in their previous meeting. The chances for this match are relatively balanced. The competition should be intense and quite entertaining. We recommend placing a bet on the total over 2.5 goals in this match.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 scored goals.