Our football match prediction:
After failing to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, Netherlands are desperate to book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but they have been playing below expectations in the qualifiers. The Oranje sit in fourth place in Group A after five rounds and they are six points behind leaders France. Netherlands suffered a 2-1 loss to Italy in their last friendly game and, no doubt, Fred Grim’s men are desperate to get back on course. Their next rivals Morocco did well to beat the likes of Burkina Faso and Tunisia in previous two warm-up games and they will be looking to keep their third consecutive clean sheet when they square off against Netherlands in Wednesday’s football match. Given the Oranje’s poor form, we predict that Nordin Amrabat and Co. are going to extend their winning run on the international stage.
Highlighted Player (Karim El Ahmadi):
Karim El Ahmadi’s parents are of Moroccan descent, but he was born and raised in Enschede Netherlands. El Ahmadi started his senior career in his hometown club Twente, but in 2008 he moved to Feyenoord. In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Al Ahli, but the midfielder played ten league games for the club. Karim El Ahmadi then moved to Premier League and it has to be noted that he played for Aston Villa from 2012 to 2014. The Morocco international scored three goals in 51 league appearances for the Villa Park outfit. In 2014 he returned to Feyenoord and he has been playing for the Dutch outfit ever since. Speaking of his international career, Karim El Ahmadi made his Morocco debut on 11 February, 2009 in a goalless draw with Czech Republic. He came as a substitute in the second half of the match, replacing fellow midfielder Youssef Safri. His main position is central midfielder, but he plays as a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Netherlands):
Netherlands are well known for the colour of their shirts. The orange colour is the symbol of the Dutch national team and that is the reason why they got a nickname the Oranje. Netherlands won the 1988 European Championship in West Germany, with the team beating the Soviet Union in the title game. A number of top-class players were part of the Netherlands national team that won the Euro 1988 trophy, with the likes of Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Erwin Koeman all starting the match against the Soviet Union. However, many people consider Johan Cruyff the best player in the history of Dutch football. Cruyff won three European Cups with Ajax as a player and he clinched the European Cup with Barcelona as a coach. Johan Cruyff is well known as “the father of modern football”. Netherlands participated in the World Cup final on three occasions (1974, 1978, 2010), but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. The Oranje welcome their rivals at Amsterdam ArenA, Philips Stadion and Stadion Feijenoord.