WC Qualification Europe France vs Netherlands: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images WC Qualification Europe France France v Netherlands Netherlands World Cup Les Bleus could take a big step towards next summer’s World Cup and deal the Dutch a major blow by winning at Stade de France on Thursday France will host the Netherlands at Stade de France on Thursday night in a potentially crucial World Cup 2018 qualifier.The two countries sit second and third in Group A behind Sweden, with Les Bleus ahead of the Dutch by three points.A win for the hosts, then, would leave Dick Advocaat with a lot of work to do to ensure the Netherlands do not miss another major tournament as the qualification stage draws to a close. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Game France vs Netherlands Date Thursday, August 31 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and by stream in English via ESPN3. US TV channel Online stream ESPN Deportes (Spanish) ESPN3 SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position France players Goalkeepers Lloris, Mandanda, Areola Defenders Koscielny, Digne, Jallet, Sidibe, Umtiti, Kurzawa, Zouma, Kimpembe Midfielders Matuidi, Pogba, Kante, Lemar, Rabiot, Tolisso Forwards Giroud, Griezmann, Lacazette, Coman, Fekir, Mbappe, Thauvin France are missing Raphael Varane, who is injured, while Ousmane Dembele was left out of the squad after refusing to train at Borussia Dortmund in order to force through his move to Barcelona.There was also no place for Anthony Martial and Karim Benzema continues to be exiled.Potential starting XI: Lloris; Sidibe, Koscielny, Umtiti, Kurzawa; Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Griezmann, Lemar; Giroud. Position Netherlands players Goalkeepers Stekelenburg, Cillessen, Zoet Defenders Blind, Martins Indi, De Vrij, Veltman, Tete, Hoedt, De Ligt, Rekik Midfielders Sneijder, Wijnaldum, Strootman, Van Ginkel, Propper, Vilhena, Van de Beek Forwards Van Persie, Robben, Memphis, Promes, Dost, Janssen Netherlands are without Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake, Daryl Janmaat and Jeffrey Bruma in defence, so Dick Advocaat could stick with the four-man unit that kept a clean sheet in the 4-0 win against Luxembourg last time out.Robin van Persie has earned a recall but Vincent Janssen has a good record with his country and will likely keep his place in the starting XI.Potential starting XI: Cillessen; Veltman, Hoedt, De Vrij, Blind; Sneijder, Strootman, Wijnaldum; Robben, Janssen, Memphis.BETTING & MATCH ODDS France are 8/13 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with the Netherlands priced at 9/2 and the draw available at 3/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of match markets. GAME PREVIEW Didier Deschamps has such strength in depth at his disposal nowadays that every France squad he announces seems to be met with debate about who hasn’t made the cut rather than who has.Anthony Martial and Ousmane Dembele were two of the most high-profile names to be left out this time, while Karim Benzema continues to be overlooked.Even without them, though, the former Marseille captain is spoilt for choice in midfield and attack.If Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar leave Monaco before the transfer deadline, he will boast somewhere in the region of €400 million of talent in the Monaco duo, Paul Pogba and Alexandre Lacazette alone and Antoine Griezmann may well become another €100m man next year.The challenge for Deschamps is fitting all of the quality at his disposal into one starting XI while achieving a sensible balance, and also integrating the conveyor belt of young stars in the making being fed to him.It means that of the side he picked for the Euro 2016 final, four starters and two substitutes were left out of his latest squad entirely. The pressure is on Deschamps to find a working formula quickly as qualification for next summer’s World Cup nears its conclusion.