World champions France were a pretty mixed bag in Thursday’s 0-0 draw with Germany but should have no issues against the Netherlands.
Eight weeks on from their beating of Croatia in Moscow, Les Bleus head home to Saint-Denis in what will be the latest celebration of their success but there is business to be done.
The Nations League prevents teams from having days off and the Oranje will make their tournament debut this evening.
While France look set to be entering a golden era, the Dutch are in the midst of something of a dark phase in their rich history and Ronald Koeman, who was part of the victorious squad at Euro ’88, is the man who has been charged with transforming their fortunes.
There is talent in his squad but their lack of rhythm was again exposed in Thursday’s 2-1 win over Peru.
France should have far too much at home and after keeping a clean sheet in Munich, expect the same again.
Ordinarily Denmark would be the favourites to defeat Wales but have been plagued by issues between the FA and the players’ union and none of their stars played in Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Slovakia.
They will be back today and face a Wales side who kicked off their Nations League campaign with a brilliant 4-1 win over the Republic of Ireland.
This will be a big test for Ryan Giggs’ young side but they can rise to the challenge and play their part in what should be an exciting encounter.
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