France predicted lineup vs The Netherlands – Mbappe hungry for more joy against the Dutch

Our France predicted lineup vs The Netherlands as Les Bleus bid to book their place at Euro 2024. Boasting a 100% record in Group B so far, they will seal their place in Germany next summer if they can extend that winning run in Amsterdam on Friday night.

It’s an even bigger game for the Dutch. They are level on 9 points with Greece in 3rd and could face a real battle to make it to the Euros if they lose this game.

The sides met in March in Paris in the reverse fixture with France cruising to a 4-0 win.

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France predicted lineup vs The Netherlands

France vs The Netherlands Euro 2024 Qualifying team news

Didier Deschamps is dealing with a host of defensive injury problems heading into this game. No fewer than four defenders have been forced to withdraw from the squad with Jules Kounde, Dayot Upamecano, William Saliba and Axel Disasi all out.

Kounde and Upamecano both started the victory over the Dutch back in the spring, as well as France’s most recent qualifier which was the 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland.

As a result of those absentees, uncapped 20 year old defenders Malo Gusto and Castello Lukeba have both been called up while there’s also a place for 23 year olds Jean-Clair Todibo of Nice and Boubacar Kamara of Aston Villa with Deschamps clearly having one eye on the future.

France predicted lineup

Maignan, Theo Hernandez, Lucas Hernandez, Konate, Pavard, Rabiot, Tchouameni, Mbappe, Griezmann, Coman, Giroud

Jules Kounde during the International match between Germany and France at Signal Iduna Park on September 12, 2023 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport)

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Kylian Mbappe – PSG star to inflict more damage on the Dutch?

Kylian Mbappe has produced some stunning displays in a France shirt over the past twelve months. Aside from his World Cup Final hat-trick, the 24 year old was on fire when these sides last met with a brace rounding off his team’s 4-0 win.

The forward has scored 12 international goals since the start of the World Cup last November, taking his overall tally to 40 for his country. He’ll play off the left flank here, whilst trying to cut inside and cause problems for what’s likely to be a back three for the hosts.

Antoine Griezmann, France
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Antoine Griezmann – France’s creator in chief

One of the secrets of France’s success in recent years has been the balance they have with electric wide players and a reliable targetman in the shape of Olivier Giroud who showcased his versatility by even playing in goal for Milan last week.

The man who makes it all tick though is Antoine Griezmann. He chipped in with 3 assists at the 2022 World Cup and is also a big goal threat, averaging 2.2 shots per game during this qualifying group to date.

Lucas and Theo Hernandez
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Theo Hernandez – Left back to line up alongside brother

There will most likely be a family feel to the left side of France’s back four in this game. Theo Hernandez is expected to operate at left back with Lucas Hernandez playing as the left sided centre back, as was the case in the recent game against Ireland.

While Lucas has more caps, Theo has emerged as the stronger candidate for a starting role in this French team over the past year. 

His ability to get forwards and support Mbappe on the left side is causing big problems for opposing teams and right sided Dutchman Denzel Dumfries is likely to have a busy evening on Friday in terms of his defensive responsibilities.

France predicted lineup vs The Netherlands – The Final Word

France have done a good job of underlining their credentials as the team to beat next summer so far in this group with five wins from five. 

Overall, they have a bit more quality than the Dutch. Defensive selection issues are concerning, but their star forwards and wide players look capable of laying down another marker here by firing their team to the victory in Amsterdam which would secure qualification.

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