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France vs Netherlands betting tips: UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 quarter-final preview, predictions and odds

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Both teams to score is 8/11.

Netherlands to qualify is 9/4.

Vivianne Miedema is 4/1 to break the deadlock and 8/11 to score anytime.

Match preview

The fourth and final quarter-final at this summer’s European Championships sees a heavyweight clash take centre stage at the New York Stadium.

Netherlands are reigning and defending Euro champions, also reaching the World Cup Final two summers later.

At this tournament, Mark Parsons’ side had to settle for second spot in Group C, finishing below Sweden on goal difference, following a draw between the two on matchday one.

Subsequently, Oranje won both matches, battling to a 3-2 victory over Portugal, before demolishing Switzerland 4-1 on Sunday.

The latter was actually 1-1 with just eight minutes remaining, only for a brace from Romée Leuchter, and Victoria Pelova scoring in-between, snatched the points.

Holland aren’t as strong as they were five years ago, going through a transition under new management.

Nevertheless, if they can get enough of their star players on the field, Oranje are more than capable of retaining their title.

France meanwhile are the perennial under achievers in women’s football.

Les Bleues’ best runs at tournaments came at World Cup 2011 at the Olympics the following summer, finishing fourth both times.

At Euros, they’ve fallen in the quarter-finals at each of the last three editions, ousted by England five years ago.

Coming into this tournament, all the talk surrounded how the squad all detested manager Corinne Diacre and how it was going to completely combust.

On the contrary, France began by hammering Italy 5-1 followed by a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Belgium.

This meant they’d already rubber-stamped top spot in Group D before Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Iceland.

Melvine Malard breaking the deadlock after just 40 seconds, with Dagný Brynjarsdóttir equalising from the penalty spot in the 12th minute of stoppage time.

In general, France have looked very strong at this tournament, but will be seriously tested for the first time here.

Who will advance through to a semi-final showdown with Germany or Austria following victory in Rotherham?

France team news

The common theme coming into this match is: will star strikers be available?

For France, Marie-Antoinette Katoto hobbled off against Belgium and has subsequently been seen on crutches.

Having left Eugénie Le Sommer and Amandine Henry at home, Corinne Diacre needed Katoto to stay fit, so this is a massive blow.

Ouleymata Sarr came on for Katoto in that game before Melvine Malard led the line on Monday.

Grace Geyoro could become France’s main goal threat; she scored a 36 minute first half hat-trick against Italy, despite being a holding midfield.

Centre-back Wendie Renard now has 134 caps to her name, scoring four times at the most recent World Cup.

Netherlands team news

For Netherlands, Vivianne Miedema hasn’t been seen since their opener following a positive Covid-19 test.

The Arsenal striker has scored 94 international goals from just 112 caps, including ten in four appearances at last summer’s Olympic Games.

It’s currently unknown if Miedema will be available for this one, but it seems likely that she will be.

Similarly, midfielder Jackie Groenen, who tested positive on the same day, will also be hoping to return.

Two players who are defiantly out are goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal and centre-back Aniek Nouwen, both of whom went off injured against Sweden.

So, Daphne van Domselaar will continue to don the gloves; she had won just one cap before coming on for the stricken van Veenendaal.

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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