Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Morocco, Netherlands take on Ivory Coast in yet another friendly game. The Oranje regained a much-needed confidence and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host the Elephants at Stadion Feijenoord. Tottenham Hotspur attacker Vincent Janssen, who found the net in the 2-1 win over Morocco, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. Ivory Coast, on the other hand, recorded a 2-0 win over Russia in their last warm-up game. Didier Drogba is no longer part of the Ivory Coast national team, but Premier League star Wilfried Zaha is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. When the two teams met at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Netherlands recorded a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast and seeing that both teams are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s football match, we predict that both sides will find the net at Stadion Feijenoord.
Highlighted Player (Wesley Sneijder):
Wesley Sneijder is a Dutch footballer who started his senior career at Ajax. The product of Ajax’s youth academy made 126 league appearances for the Amsterdam Arena outfit and in 2007 he joined Real Madrid. After failing to impress with los Blancos, Sneijder signed a deal with Serie A side Inter on 27 August, 2009. He made his Inter debut a day after he signed a deal with the Nerazzurri. The Dutch midfielder, who has netted a number of goals from free kicks, won the 2009/2010 Serie A trophy with Inter and in 2010 he clinched the Champions League trophy with the Nerazzurri. After spending four years at Inter, he joined Galatasaray in 2013 and it has to be noted that he won his second Super Lig trophy with the Turkish outfit in the 2014/2015 season. Speaking of his international career, Sneijder participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final with Netherlands, but Spain proved to be a big catch for the Oranje in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Ivory Coast):
Over the years Ivory Coast have established themselves as one of the best African teams. The Elephants won their second Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 2015, with the team beating Ghana in the final of the tournament. Ivory Coast defeated the Black Stars on penalties and it has to be noted that goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the winner. A number of high-profile footballers played (or play) for the Ivory Coast national team, but, no doubt, the most notable players are Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue, Salomon Kalou and Gervinho. Ivory Coast are well known for their orange kit, but they play their away games in green shirts and green shorts. Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny is regarded as the team’s home stadium. Didier Zokora is the player with the most caps for the Ivory Coast national team (123), while aforementioned attacker Didier Drogba is the team’s top scorer (65 goals). Drogba is the symbol of the Ivory Coast football and the former Chelsea man played for the national team from 2002 to 2014.