There is a certain excitement ahead of the match in Paris on Thursday night, where France are hosting the Netherlands in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Group A looks a competitive group as it consists of strong teams with the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, and Luxembourg. France won the first leg and still have three points more than the Netherlands. Only the group winners will qualify directly for the World Cup while eight of the nine runners-up have a chance to qualify through the playoffs. France are the favourites in the odds comparison as well as in our betting tip.
France are the odds-on favourites in the betting tip
France will play their third qualifying home game against the Netherlands. They have proven to be a strong home side and have won their first two home games with an impressive goal difference of 6:2. The 24 squad members put together by the French national team have a combined squad value in today’s market of €652.00m. This is far more than the Netherland’s squad value of €291.00m. Moreover, France have an edge over their next opponents in recent head-to-head meetings with three successive wins. Their last encounter were in the first leg qualifying match where France managed a 1-0 away win at the Amsterdam Arena. France have a lot of individual quality in their squad with players like Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele, who is locked in a transfer wrangle between the Bundesliga club and Barcelona, has been left out of the France squad to tackle the Netherlands and Luxembourg in their upcoming qualifying matches. In our betting tip we expect a France home victory over the Netherlands.
Niederlande are just outsiders in the betting tip
Bondscoach Dick Advocaat admits the Netherlands are facing a tough test against France. Not only has his side a lower squad value than France, but the Netherland’s away record could also be better having won only one of their three qualifying matches away from home, with a goal difference of 4:4. Moreover, the Netherlands have lost all of their last three encounters with France. So, Advocaat’s men need to improve if they want to earn the three points on Thursday as France are still unbeaten at home. But they are not without chances, especially due to the fact that they have good attackers in their squad who can always score goals. The Netherlands have collected 10 points in their six qualifying matches and are three points behind group leaders Sweden and France, but they can boast the group’s best offence with 13 goals. As they are lacking consistency, however, we recommend bettors to make a bet on a Netherlands away loss to France.
Betting tip for France versus Netherlands
It is surely going to be an interesting match between two attacking sides who battle it out for a place at the World Cup. France have the home advantage and a higher squad value than the Netherlands. They are still unbeaten in home games and have won their last three matches against a Dutch side that is not in their best form at the moment. We recommend bettors to bet on a France home victory with odds between 1.60 and 1.73. If Advocaat’s men can spring a surprise and beat the French, bookmakers offer good odds ranging from 4.40 to 5.80, including a value profit of 8.25%. A draw is likely and will pay out odds between 3.50 and 4.00.