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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Netherlands vs Ivory Coast - June 4th

Ivory Coast and Netherlands have a friendly encounter in Rotterdam on June 4th. Both teams are in decent shape after managerial changes and are facing some decisive matches ahead for the World Cup’s qualifiers.

Netherlands won their first friendly match against Morocco by 2-1 and displayed some interesting movement with Janssen, Depay, Promes and Berghuls in offensive roles. 

However, the team has lacked a good build-up in midfield, something they need to improve against a more physical opponent such as Ivory Coast. With Dirk Advocaat still managing Fenerbahce (he will take charge in the coming weeks), interim manager Fred Grim has a lot of options to consider for the next match, but it’s likely that we see a similar formation, with Arjen Robben possibly seeing some play.

Ivory Coast are well positioned in their group for qualification to Russia. Marc Wilmots debuted as the manager with a draw against Benin (1-1) with a B-squad composed mostly by local players. A much stronger team seems to be on the horizon against Netherlands, with players such as Zaha and Kalou probably appearing in the lineup.

Netherlands are the clear favorite to win, with average odds of 3/4. With both teams in a transition period, it’s quite hard to predict an outcome for the match. However, one can assume that due to the friendly nature of the encounter both teams will look to attack. As such, both teams to score at least a goal seems like a good option, with odds around 10/11. If we follow our logic, a match with at least two goals at 21/20 is also available, and may be preferable to some!

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