Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
There will be fireworks when Netherlands and France lock horns at Johan Cruijff Arena in the Group B derby. The Oranje occupy second place in the standings, but Greece are breathing down their neck. All Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo, and Sven Botman have been ruled out with injuries, with both Brian Brobbey and Jeremie Frimpong returning to the squad. In Depay’s absence, PSV centre-forward Luuk de Jong is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
Les Tricolores, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record in the Euro 2024 qualifiers intact and given the number of absentees in the home team, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Group B leaders. Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate returns from injury, while key players Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann made the cut as well as Real Madrid duo Tchouameni - Camavinga.
Highlighted Player (Steven Bergwijn):
Steven Bergwin is a product of ASC Waterwijk football school, but in 2009 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In 2011 he moved to PSG and he continued playing for the club’s reserve team at senior level. He made his debut with the senior team on May 20, 2015 in a 2-0 win over Heracles.
Over the years the Dutch footballer born in Amsterdam on October 8, 1997, has established himself as a first-team regular at PSV, earning a call-up for the national team as well. Steven Bergwijn made his Netherlands debut on October 12, 2018 in a 3-0 win over Germany. His main position is left winger, but he is used as both right winger and centre-forward as well.
His preferred foot is right and it has to be noted that his parents are of Suriname descent, he has a dual citizenship. Bergwijn scored 14 goals in 33 appearances for PSV in the 2018/2019 Eredivisie season.
Highlighted Team (France):
Recording impressive results on international stage since 1904, France are widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful national teams, with three major trophies to their name. Two of those were won on home soil as Les Bleus emerged triumphant at the 1984 World Cup and 1998 European Championships, before also winning the 2000 Euros in Netherlands and Belgium.
Michel Platini, Jean Tigana, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse formed the “Carre Magique” during the 80’s as one of the most impressive attacking line-ups made life difficult for opposition defenders for years on end.
The new golden generation appeared at the turn of the century and featured players like Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, David Trezeguet and Youri Djorkaef, winning back to back major trophies to place Les Bleus back on the map.
A new world-class team appears to be in the making as the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane are the pillars of the team led by Didier Deschamps. France national team now play their games at the stunning Saint Denis, or Stade de France.