- Netherlands vs France will be one of the highlight matches of the October international break.
- The match will take place on Friday night.
- France can seal qualification with a win over the Dutch.
Fireworks are expected when Netherlands host France at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Friday, October 13 in a Euro 2024 qualifiers match.
Although the Dutch sit second in the Group B standings, they have no room for error going into the clash because Greece are not giving them any breathing space.
France, who have played five matches lead the group with 15 points while Netherlands are tied with Greece at nine points.
However, the 2010 World Cup finalists have played one game less than the rest of their group opponents which gives them room to get a firm grip of second place with only the top two gaining promotion to the 2024 tournament that will be held in Germany.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the crunch tie.
What time does the Netherlands vs France start?
The game is expected to kick off at 20:45 pm Central European Time and will take place at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.
The Netherlands vs France Team News
France will be without the services of Arsenal star defender William Saliba, Dayot Upamecano and Jules Kounde.
Upamecano suffered a hamstring injury with reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich over the weekend while Kounde was taken off during Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Granada on Sunday after hurting his left knee.
Saliba on the other hand will miss out of the squad due to an ongoing toe injury.
The trio will be replaced by Jean-Clair Todibo, Chelsea’s Malo Gusto and Castello Lukeba who receives his first call up.
Ryan Gravenberch, who joined Liverpool FC on deadline day will not feature for Netherlands after Koeman punished him for missing the last international break.
The Dutch will also miss other key players including Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo, Sven Botman, Steven Berghuis, Memphis Depay, Noa Lang, Mark Flekken and Matthijs de Ligt who are sidelined due to injuries.
Alphonse Areola, Mike Maignan, Brice Samba
Jonathan Clauss, Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez, Ibrahima Konate, Benjamin Pavard, Malo Gusto, Jean-Clair Todibo, Castello Lukeba.
Eduardo Camavinga, Youssouf Fofana, Boubacar Kamara, Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni
Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Randal Kolo Muani, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram
Andries Noppert, Nick Olij, Bart Verbruggen
Nathan Aké, Daley Blind, Stefan de Vrij, Denzel Dumfries, Lutsharel Geertruida, Quilindschy Hartman, Micky van de Ven, Virgil van Dijk
Marten de Roon, Jeremie Frimpong, Teun Koopmeiners, Tijjani Reijnders, Joey Veerman, Mats Wieffer
Neraysho Kasanwirjo, Steven Bergwijn, Brian Brobbey, Calvin Stengs, Donyell Malen, Xavi Simons, Wout Weghorst
Netherlands vs France head-to-head
In the last five meetings between the two nations, France has won four with the Dutch claiming one victory.
France thrashed Netherlands 4-0 in their last clash, with Mbappe scoring two goals. Antoine Griezmann and Dayot Upamecano were also on target.
Netherlands vs France current form
France have won four matches and lost one in their last five international matches. Didier Deschamps side beat Greece and Ireland in their latest three Euros qualifiers match before losing to 2014 World Cup winners Germany in a friendly match played on Thursday, September 12.
Unlike Les Bleus, the Netherlands have lost two matches and won three in their last five clashes.
In their last three matches, the team which is under the tutelage of former Barcelona manager Ronald Koman were beaten 3-2 by Italy in the Nations League before overcoming Greece and Ireland in the UEFA Euros qualifiers.
Netherlands vs France Prediction
France has dominated the recent games between the two teams and with their star-studded frontline that has the likes of Mbappe, Dembele, and Griezmann, they are heavily backed to win the game and confirm their qualification for the UEFA Euro Championships slated for next year.
However, the win will not come easy since Netherlands will not want to let their home fans down in this crucial match with both sides expected to find the back of the net.