Netherlands travel to take on Morocco in an international friendly fixture on Wednesday night.
Interim boss Fred Grim will again take charge of the Dutch for this fixture and, ahead of next month’s crucial World Cup qualification fixture against Luxembourg in Rotterdam, the Dutch will be looking for a morale-boosting result when they make the trip to Agadir.
Danny Blind was dismissed from his role as Netherlands manager in the wake of a damaging 2-0 defeat against Bulgaria in Sofia back in March – a result that means that the Dutch are in danger of failing to qualify for World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The vastly experienced Dick Advocaat will take up the reins for the match against Luxembourg and the 69-year-old’s principal priority is ensuring that Netherlands get their bid to reach Russia firmly back on track.
Advocaat, who will be assisted by former Netherlands captain Ruud Gullit, will undoubtedly have a keen eye on this match as he prepares to take charge of the national team for a third time and the Dutch are chalked up as a 7/5 (2.40) chance with Paddy Power to come out on top, with 9/4 (3.25) that the game ends all square.
Morocco, though, come into this fixture in fine form, having won four of their last five outings and Herve Renard’s men are chalked up as a 9/5 (2.80) chance to heap yet more misery upon the visitors by winning this one.
There have been just two previous tussles between these teams - Netherlands ran out as 2-1 winners in the 1994 World Cup – with Advocaat in the Dutch dugout – while the north Africans came out on top in the most recent meeting between the nations, winning 2-1 in a friendly fixture back in 1999.
On this occasion, the odds compilers offer 17/2 (9.50) that the Dutch run out as 2-1 winners and 9/1 (10.0) that Renard’s men enjoy a 2-1 win on home soil. There is 4/6 (1.67) that there are goals at both ends, while the 5/6 (1.83) quote for this match to produce more than two goals could well prove popular with punters.
Morocco, though, have conceded in just one of their last four fixtures and, with the Dutch short of confidence having won just one of their last five matches, backing a low-scoring clash could see punters profit from Wednesday’s match in Agadir.
Paddy Power go 5/6 (1.83) that there are fewer than three goals scored and that price could offer decent value ahead of this international friendly fixture.
|Under 2.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|