Whereas Louis Van Gaal's side qualified from their group with ease, les Bleus were on the brink of elimination in the play-offs after losing their first leg 2-0, only to win 3-0 at home to progress.
With four friendlies, including the game on Wednesday night against Holland, to come for Didier Deschamps, he has time to find out his best 11 before their opener in June against Honduras.
Les Blues have struggled in friendlies over the last year, winning only once in their last five matches, losing three of those fixtures, with Germany, Uruguay and Brazil all coming out on top against Deschamps' men. William Hill still price them as 7/5 (2.40) favourites to beat Netherlands, though.
In contract to France, Van Gaal's side haven't lost in their last 17 matches, winning nine of their 10 matches in their World Cup Qualifying group, topping the group easily. Last time out they failed to score for the first time in 12 matches, drawing 0-0 with Colombia. They have a tough group in Brazil this summer, facing Spain, Australia and Chile. William Hill price them at 21/10 (3.10) to win the match, with the same firm pricing the draw at 21/10 (3.10).
With outright results tough to call in friendlies, it's worth looking at other markets for a bet that stands out. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema has been on fire in recent weeks, netting six goals in his last six games, including a goal in the Madrid derby at the weekend. The France striker has also scored three goals in his last four France games and the bet of 6/5 (2.20) for him to net anytime is certainly worth a small investment.
|Karim Benzema to score anytime at 6/5 (2.20) 1pt with William Hill
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