Predictions

Netherlands vs France | Euro – Qualifiers (13.10.2023, 20:45)

The upcoming clash between the Netherlands and France at the Johan Cruijff Arena is undoubtedly the highlight of this round of European qualifiers. It falls within Group B and carries immense weight, particularly for the Dutch side. The reason behind this importance is tied to the current group standings, where France sits at the top with a perfect record. Meanwhile, the Netherlands finds itself level on points with Greece, despite a crucial direct victory against them in the only face-off thus far. This has put the “Orange” in a rather precarious position, where they desperately need at least a point to secure their second-place standing and establish a buffer ahead of the return match against Greece.

Conversely, France’s journey in this campaign has been nearly flawless, characterized by a string of wins and an impeccable record of not conceding a single goal. This trajectory began right after their loss in the World Cup final, an event that did little to diminish their exceptional abilities and high aspirations. While they did face a recent friendly defeat against Germany, it was in their initial clash with the Netherlands, a resounding 4-0 victory, that they displayed their true might. In that encounter, the French side, brimming with exceptional talents and spearheaded by the stellar Kylian Mbappé, delivered a masterful performance. Mbappé, in particular, left an indelible mark with his two goals and an assist, completely dismantling the Dutch defense. Their opponents have since been eager to avenge that severe lesson.

As the tension builds, the footballing world eagerly anticipates the showdown between these two footballing giants.

 

Form Guide

Netherlands LWLLWW

The Netherlands are looking to maintain their winning form after their recent 1-2 victory against Ireland in the Euro Qualifiers.

Notably, in the past six fixtures where the Netherlands have played, there have been at least three goals per match. These games have seen opposing sides score a total of 12 goals, while the Netherlands themselves have accumulated an equal tally of 12. The Netherlands’ matches have been nothing short of exciting, with plenty of goal-scoring action.

 

France WWWWWL

France will aim for a better result after their recent defeat to Germany in an International Friendlies competition.

A notable trend in recent matches involving France is that in five out of their last six games, at least one of the teams has failed to score. In these matches, opposing teams have managed to score a total of 2 goals, while France has netted an impressive 12 goals. This trend highlights that France’s matches have often been low-scoring affairs.

 

Netherlands vs France Predicted XI

Netherlands Predicted XI: Verbruggen, de Vrij, van Dijk, Ake, Dumfries, Blind, de Roon, Veerman, Malen, Xavi Simons, Weghorst.

France Predicted XI: Maignan, Pavard, Konate, Hernandez, Hernandez, Tchouameni, Rabiot, Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud.

 

Prediction

It’s our belief that both France and the Netherlands will have their chances to score in this match, and it’s difficult to distinguish between the two teams.

We anticipate a closely contested game with a high likelihood of ending in a draw. Our prediction is a closely-fought match resulting in a draw at the end of the 90 minutes.

Argentina vs Paraguay | WC Qualifiers – South America (13.10.2023, 01:00)

Second-placed Argentina is set to clash with sixth-placed Paraguay in the third match of the grueling CONMEBOL region of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. The reigning world champions have been riding high on their 2022 World Cup victory, boasting an impressive streak of six consecutive wins. They began the new campaign with a 1-0 home victory over Ecuador and followed it up with a comfortable 3-0 win against Bolivia in La Paz. La Albiceleste seems unstoppable on both ends of the pitch, having scored 17 goals without conceding in their last six matches since the 2022 World Cup. There’s a glimmer of hope for fans as Lionel Messi, despite injury concerns, might make an appearance. His return would undoubtedly provide a significant boost, but even without him, the hosts are expected to secure a convincing victory.

On the other hand, Paraguay, having missed the last three World Cups, sees the expanded format of 2026 as an opportunity for redemption. With six of the 10 CONMEBOL teams now gaining automatic qualification and seventh-place entering an intercontinental playoff, Paraguay is eyeing at least a playoff spot this time around. However, their campaign started with a lackluster 0-0 home draw against Peru, despite Peru being reduced to 10 men in the first half. Paraguay then faced a 1-0 away loss to Venezuela, highlighting their offensive struggles. These results are part of a larger slump, with Paraguay losing four of their last six matches and securing only one win in their last seven.

The upcoming clash promises to be a showdown between a relentless Argentine side and a Paraguay squad fighting to reclaim their place on the world stage.  

 

Form Guide

Argentina WWWWWW

Argentina will be hoping for another convincing performance, much like their recent 0-3 victory against Bolivia in the WC Qualifiers – South America.

During the match, Argentina displayed their dominance with 60% of the possession and 15 shots on goal, 8 of which found their mark. In contrast, Bolivia managed 4 shots on goal, with 2 on target.

Argentina’s goal-scoring prowess has been remarkable, as they have scored in 100% of their last 6 matches. During this period, they have scored a total of 17 goals while maintaining a clean sheet by not conceding any.

 

Paraguay LLLWDL

Paraguay will be looking to bounce back from their recent loss to Venezuela in WC Qualifiers – South America when they take the field again.

In their previous game, Paraguay had 46% of the possession and attempted 18 shots on goal, with 5 on target. However, they were unable to find the back of the net. On the other side, Venezuela had 11 attempts on goal, with 3 on target. Salomón Rondón scored the only goal of the match in the 93rd minute.

Over the last six matches involving Paraguay, there has been a scarcity of goals, with an average of just 1.83 goals per game. Paraguay has averaged 0.67 goals per game during this period.

 

Argentina vs Paraguay Predicted XI

Argentina Predicted XI: E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Messi, Alvarez, Gonzalez.

Paraguay Predicted XI: Coronel; Rojas, Balbuena, Gomez, Alonso; Villasanti, Sanchez, Romero; Almiron, Avalos, Sosa.     

 

Prediction

We anticipate that Argentina will have numerous goal-scoring opportunities and capitalize on them. On the other hand, Paraguay may struggle to break through, but we do expect them to find the net at some point.

As a result, we predict a final score of 3-1 in favor of Argentina at the end of the match.