France vs Netherlands: UEFA Nations League continues on Friday with a tasty showdown between France and Netherlands where there is more at stake for struggling Germany than anybody else. The Germans could be relegated from League A if the match goes a certain way, solidifying spots in the top flight next time around for France and the Netherlands.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
UEFA Nations League: France vs. Netherlands
Date: Friday, Nov. 16
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Stadion Feijenoord in Rotterdam
TV channel: UniMas
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Ronald Koeman has the luxury of having a strong squad to select from, though Davy Propper misses out because of ankle ligament damage.
Justin Kluivert will play with the Under-21s, while Arnaut Groeneveld is carrying a problem and has not been called.
Possible Netherlands starting XI: Cillessen; Tete, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; De Roon, De Jong, Wijnaldum; Bergwijn, Depay, Babel.
Defensive problems trouble head coach Didier Deschamps, who is without Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Mendy and Samuel Umtiti due to injuries. Lucas Digne will likely play in lieu of the former, while Presnel Kimpembe is the man set to replace the latter.
Elsewhere, Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have both withdrawn due to injuries, while Alexandre Lacazette has done likewise. Midfielder Corentin Tolisso is a long-term absentee, meanwhile.
Alassane Plea and Ferland Mendy are aiming for their first caps.
Possible France starting XI: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Digne; Mbappe, Kante, Nzonzi, Matuidi; Griezmann, Giroud.
France may not have been universally popular World Cup winners in the summer due to Didier Deschamps’ pragmatic approach, but there could be little doubt that they were highly effective as a unit.
Since overcoming Croatia 4-2 in an exciting final, Les Bleus have continued to be a side that has continued its steady, if somewhat unspectacular progress. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola had to be on his mettle to secure a 0-0 draw in Germany, while back at home, both the 2006 world champions and the Netherlands threatened to take points away from Paris.
With a number of injuries to front line players, Les Bleus will be somewhat stretched for this encounter, yet will remain confident of continuing a run that has seen them go 15 matches undefeated, winning 11 of those.
For the Dutch, meanwhile, the Nations League has brought a welcome return to form. Absent from the World Cup after elimination in the group stage by France and Sweden, they have responded by showing they deserve their place in the top bracket.
Ronald Koeman’s side pushed France hard in Paris before falling 2-1 in September but then flexed their muscles against Germany in Amsterdam with a thumping 3-0 win. Star men Virgil van Dijk and Memphis Depay struck before a stoppage-time goal from Georginio Wijnaldum gave them extra insurance should positions have to be decided on a head-to-head basis.
“Well I’m not going to glide across the dancefloor, but of course I’m proud. This is a great result,” Koeman said, reacting to that result.
“We were waiting a long time for this, but I’m not the kind of guy who pretends that we’ve become world champions.