Football Bet of the Day: France to return to winning ways
With a profitable week in the books, Kev's hoping to put the icing on the cake with an odds-against success in Paris.
"France beat the Dutch home and away in World Cup qualifying, including a 4-0 win in Paris."
France v Netherlands
Sunday 09 September, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports
World champions to show their class
Switzerland didn't just melt the icemen last night, they melted them, made them into squash and drank it. A 6-0 victory over Iceland covered our Asian Handicap bet with plenty of room to spare.
We'll wrap up our week with a glamour tie, as France face the Netherlands in the Nations League.
The world champions have one point on the board after they drew against Germany in Munich on Thursday, and the onus is on them to push for a home win. They had a few shaky moments at the Allianz Arena, and were indebted to keeper Alphonse Areola, who made several outstanding saves. They did also test Manuel Neuer at the other end, but coach Didier Deschamps admitted it wasn't his side's best performance by any stretch of the imagination.
While France sit at the summit of world football, the Netherlands are still slowly climbing up the edifice, bruised and scratched after recent falls. They failed to qualify for Euro 2016 or the World Cup, and Ronald Koeman has the task of reaching Euro 2020. The former Dutch international defender has made a decent start, with just one defeat in five friendlies. The Oranje won 3-0 in Portugal and drew 1-1 in Italy, so there is an encouraging platform to build upon. On Thursday, the Dutch beat Peru 2-1 in a friendly.
France beat the Netherlands twice in World Cup qualifying, and demolished them 4-0 at the Stade de France. With no fresh injury concerns, they should be too strong for Koeman's side here, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann a potential menace to the Dutch defence. Les Bleus have won nine of their last 12 matches, and I'll back them to win again with room to spare.
Points Staked: 133
Points Returned: 141.67
P/L: +8.67 points
Back France -1.0 on the Asian Handicap at [2.21]