Morocco vs Netherlands: Preview & Prediction
With a new coach, the Netherlands try to make up for lost time and seek a reaction after consecutive failures with three friendlies scheduled for a ten-day period in the last period reserved by FIFA (International Football Federation) for international friendlies and qualifying matches in the 2016 season / 2017 from Europe. This Wednesday, May 31, the Dutch will face Morocco, starting at 14.30 (Brasília time), at the Adrar stadium in Agadir, which has a capacity of just under 46 thousand people and has hosted the Club World Cup In 2013 and the CAF Africa Cup of Nations two years later.
The owners of the house have not been active since March, when they won two friendlies against countries in the region. They beat Burkina Faso 2-0 and then Tunisia 1-0. They were the first two matches since the defeat in the final of the African Cup of Nations. In late January, the Moroccans saw the cup go into the hands of Egypt, who made 1 to 0 in the decision.
The friendly this Wednesday serves as preparation for the opening of the African qualifiers for the African Cup in its 2019 edition. The fight for the vacancy of group B, which still has Malawi and Comoros, begins on June 10 against Cameroon. The first place guarantees the direct classification and the second still has the opportunity to fight for a place in the tournament to be played on Cameroon soil.
It will also be useful for preparation for the race for a place in the 2018 World Cup, which will be played in Russia. Morocco is in Group C alongside Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Mali. His next match will be at home against Mali in August. After two rounds completed, the Ivorians lead with four points. Moroccans and Gaboneses come next with two. Mali is in the flashlight with a dot. Only the champion of the key guarantees place in the World.
Frenchman Hervé Renard called for the match: El Kajoui Munir (Numancia-ESP), Bonou Yassine (Gijon-ESP), El Kharroubi Yassine (Locomotiv Plovdiv-BUL), Da Costa Marouan (Olympiakos), Dirar Nabil , Saiss Romain (Wolverhampton-ING), El Kaoutari Abdelhamid (Bastia-FRA), Yamik Jaouad (RCA), Feddal Zouhair (Alavés-ESP), Ait Benasser youssef (Nancy-FRA), Ahmady Karim (Feyenoord- Farj Fayçal (La Coruña-ESP), Boussoufa M’Bark (Al Jazira-UAE), Amrabat Sofian (Utrecht-HOL), Belhanda Younes (Nice-FRA), Boufal Sofiane (Southampton- ), Amrabat Nourredine (Watford-ING), Haddad Ismael (WAC), Ziyech Hakim (Ajax-HOL), Ayoub Yassin (Utrecht-HOL), Nesyri Youssef (Malaga-ESP), Boutaib Khalid (Strasbourg- FRA), Bouhaddouz Aziz (St Pauli-ALE), Azarou Oualid (DHJ), Bammou Yacine (Nantes-FRA) and Mahi Mimoun (Groningen-HOL)
Morocco opens a period that Dick Advocaat should use for many tests. It will be his first chance to get in touch with the players after being placed in office after David Blind’s resignation request. Following on, the Dutch will face Côte d’Ivoire on 4 June and Luxembourg on 9 June.
Veteran Advocaat turned the hope of putting Dutch football back on track after a resounding failure at Euro 2016. Even with the number of participants enlarged, the Netherlands did not even qualify for the finals.
In the qualifiers for the Russian Cup, their situation is also extremely delicate and the three-time runner-up team of the world is threatened to stay out. With the first round completed, the Netherlands appear only in fourth place in group A. It has seven points (two wins, one draw and two losses). The leader is from France with 13, followed by Sweden (ten) and Bulgaria (nine).
In Europe, only the champion of each group guarantees a direct place in the 2018 World Cup. Second place, as long as it is not the worst in the comparison between the nine keys, still has the opportunity to play a knockout that is worth the place in the tournament.
In names, there were not many news among the 28 called by Advocaat. He called only Nathan Ake and Sergio Padt for the first time. See the full list of related athletes for the three friendly matches:
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona-ESP), Sergio Padt (Groningen), Jeroen Zoet (PSV Eindhoven).
Defenders: Nathan Ake (Chelsea-ING), Daley Blind (Manchester United-InG), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij, Wesley Hoedt (both Lazio-ITA), Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City- Kenny Tete, Joel Veltman, Nick Viergever (all from Ajax)
Daven Propper, Bart Ramselaar (both from PSV Eindhoven), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray-TUR), Kevin Strootman (Roma-ITA), Jens Toornstra, Tonny Vilhena (Both of Feyenoord), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool-ING)
In the first half of the season, Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Memphis Depay (Olympique Lyonnais-FRA), Bas Dost (Sporting-POR), Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur-ING), Jeremain Lens (Fenerbahce-TUR)
Morocco vs Netherlands: Betting Tips
The selections have already met once in the world. At the 1994 World Cup in the United States, the Netherlands won 2-1.
Morocco vs Netherlands: Direct Matches
Netherlands win – Odds: 2.15
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 2.05