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Netherlands vs France Predictions

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Netherlands vs France Predictions

Having failed to feature in Russia during the summer, Netherlands are on a mission to rebuild their national side. Since failing to qualify for the World Cup, Oranje have done reasonably well. They have picked up a few poor results, the defeat in France being one of them, but they’ve also collected some real confidence-boosting wins. Having recently beaten 2014 world champions Germany by three goals to nil, the Dutch ought to fancy their chances ahead of this match.

When Netherlands, who’re now managed by ex-player Ronald Koeman, were drawn against both France and the Germans, there can’t have been many neutrals predicting anything other than relegation to League B for Thursday’s hosts, though Oranje have surprised with their performances in this competition. They may have lost against France in Paris, and on the balance of play, deservedly so, but there were positives for Koeman to take out of the game.

The Dutch took those positives and used them to deliver an improved performance against Germany on match-day two. On that occasion, Koeman’s men got forward with real purpose, created numerous scoring opportunities and ultimately offered more in the offensive third than they gave away in the defensive third, as the fact that they ended the game with expected goals counts of 2.63 for and 1.72 against. Undeniably, there’s work to be done at the back, but if Oranje can deliver a similar attacking performance on Thursday, then they can hurt their opponents.

As for the French, well, the world champions have picked up in this competition where they left off in Russia. Didier Deschamps’ men aren’t exactly wowing crowds with dazzling performances, but they’ve developed a habit of always doing enough. They did what was needed to outscore Thursday’s opponents in Paris, while much of the same can be said about their performance against Germany last time out, though on neither of those occasions did Les Bleus look a class apart.

Averages of 1.59 expected goals for and 1.3 against don’t exactly tell us that Deschamps men are infallible, while both Germany and Netherlands exposed deficiencies in Les Bleus’ rather pragmatic approach.

At the end of the day, France are the world champions and they are a strong side, that goes without saying, but their performances in this competition haven’t been overly impressive, while they’ve defended as though it may not be long before someone really gets at them. Keeping this in mind, Netherlands, who’re averaging an impressive 1.84 expected goals for in League A, are backed to score a couple of goals in Rotterdam on Friday evening. If the Dutch can replicate the attacking performance delivered against Germany on match-day two, then they ought to be capable of causing a French side that has shown signs of defensive frailties plenty of problems.

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