France have a strong pedigree when it comes to recent tournaments, while the experienced Didier Deschamps has an enviable managerial record of 99 wins from 152 games in charge. He’s the only man to win the World Cup as both a player and manager, while he boasts arguably the best player in the tournament thanks to Kylian Mbappe.

The soon-to-be Real Madrid forward will captain his side and has scored 47 goals in 78 appearances for his country, with Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann also occupying roles in the attacking trident, while the evergreen Olivier Giroud will be leading the line and looking to add to his 57 international goals.

The Euro 2024 betting sites regard France as strong favourites when it comes to this showdown, although it should be noted that Les Bleus have failed to win any of the previous five European Championships. Perhaps the Netherlands can give a good account of themselves, especially with a solid back line that includes Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake.

There are fitness concerns over Memphis Depay and that means that Cody Gakpo might end up carrying the can for the Dutch, while there’s a distinct lack of experience between the sticks. However, we might expect an entertaining encounter between these two sides and perhaps the best bet is for both teams to score along with a France win.


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