Netherlands vs France
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Monday, 10th October 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Amsterdam Arena.
Netherlands and France won their respective matches on day 2 convincingly after being held to draws on the opening day. Both wins were at home and by the same 4-1 margin as the Dutch eased past Belarus and the French came from a goal behind to see off Bulgaria.
The Group A is opening up with Netherlands and France facing off against each other with 4 points at the top of the table. While Sweden are third with same points and Bulgaria on fourth with 3 points. This is a key fixture that could affect the outcome at the end of the qualifiers and both Netherlands and France do not to want to be at the losing end on Monday.
Head To Head
France have won three, drawn one, and lost two of their last six games against Netherlands.
Netherlands have lost 83% of their last six home games, whilst France have won 67% of their last six on the road.
Arjen Robben has been ruled out of the team through injury. Wesley Sneijder is the most experienced and top scorer in the squad with 30 goals to his name. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has missed out on the squad, but Quincy Promes and Vincent Janssen made up for his absence in midweek. Memphis Depay, Bas Dost, Luciano Narsingh, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Kevin Strootman are all set to play.
All the big names such as Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Antoine Griezmann, Anthony Martial and Blaise Matuidi are present. Olivier Giroud is thought to be struggling for fitness and has been left out in place of Kevin Gameiro, who made his mark instantly with a brace on Friday. PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe and Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte are hoping to make their debuts.