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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Griezmann and Mbappe eager to hurt Holland

France favourites at the Stade de France

France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates a goal against Argentina
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From 2pm Sunday

World champions France needed their goalkeeper Alphonse Areola to pull off some excellent saves to secure a 0-0 draw away to Germany in their Nations League opener on Thursday but they are favourites to follow up with a victory over Holland at the Stade de France.

France were largely contained by a highly motivated German side but should have more control of the game against the Dutch, allowing them to get a better service to key attackers Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

Holland were in the same group as France in World Cup qualifying and lost twice to Les Bleus, 1-0 in Amsterdam and 4-0 in Paris.

They are the 13-2 rank outsiders to win Group One although they did warm up with a 2-1 friendly success at home to Peru on Thursday.

Memphis Depay's double secured victory over the south Americans while Wesley Sneijder completed 62 minutes in his last appearance for the Oranje.

Quincy Promes replaced Sneijder against Peru and his pushing for a start.

Georgia are among the strongest teams in League D and can continue their encouraging start to Group One by beating Latvia in Tbilisi.

Exciting teenager Giorgi Chakvetadze scored a stunning goal to help the Georgians triumph 2-0 in Kazakhstan on Thursday and he could be the main tormentor of the Latvians, who drew 0-0 at home to Andorra.

Gibraltar have lost all of their 20 competitive internationals but may just have a chance of ending that run in their League D Group Four contest away to Liechtenstein.

There have been signs of Gibraltar getting more competitive and they were far from disgraced when losing 2-0 at home to Macedonia on Thursday.

Previously they triumphed 1-0 at home to Latvia in a March friendly and they are not without hope against Liechtenstein, who have lost all three matches they have played this year including disappointing reverses to Andorra (0-1) and the Faroe Islands (0-3).

Georgia -1 on Asian handicap
2pts 7-6 188bet
Gibraltar or draw double chance
1pt 12-5 bet365, Betfair, Paddy Power

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Quincy Promes replaced Sneijder against Peru and his pushing for a start
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